Brent Jensen

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MUSIC REVIEW BY George Fendel, Jazz Scene

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Some of you may remember Brent Jensen from his earlier Origin recordings, particularly "The Sound Of A Dry Martini," where, if you closed your eyes, you'd think you were hearing Paul Desmond. Well, Jensen's admiration for Desmond is born anew on this fine outing with two different trios. The first one puts him in the company of Jamie Findlay, guitar; and Zac Matthews, bass. On other selections, Jensen is joined by Doug Miller, bass and John Bishop, drums. Regardless of his mates, Jensen is once again very impressive with his suave, laid-back sound on a menu of great tunes like Beautiful Love, How Deep Is The Ocean, Giant Steps, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise, East Of The Sun and two Monk classics, Bemsha Swing and Well, You Needn't. The similarity to Desmond is particularly profound on the guitar trio selections with Jensen and Findlay sounding, for all the world, much like the gorgeous things Desmond did with the likes of Jim Hall or Ed Bickert. Try How Deep Is The Ocean or East Of The Sun if you don't believe me. Jensen is a neighbor of ours across the mountains in Idaho. We've got to get him to play in our yard. I think Portlanders would eat him up. ****






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