Extraordinarily significant historical music Chris Jentsch Group No Net – TOPICS IN AMERICAN HISTORY: From the standpoint of “history”, it’s been a while since I gave high marks to Chris for his composition and guitar skills in issue # 94… so, it’s nice to see him back on this new November, 2018 release, for sure!
Though the player lineup is a bit different than the album, you can get a great feel for Chris’s playing/leadership skills on this 2016 video of the group performing together at the ShapeShifter lab…
…there are lots more great videos on Chris’s channel, so be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Chris Jentsch YouTube channel (since you’re there already).
One of the most striking songs on the new release is the 9:12 “Tempest-Tost“, based on a phrase from a Statue of Liberty inscription… this piece really gives you a strong feel for how some of our immigrant forefathers must have felt on entry to this new endeavor… the pacing is laid-back, but the recording and playing are top-of-the-line! Chris’s guitar work on this piece is STUNNING!
Chris has included a masterful lineup of players on this album, including flutist Michel Gentile, clarinetist Michael McGinnis, saxophonist Jason Rigby, trumpeter David Smith, trombonist Brian Drye, pianist Jacob Sacks, bassist Jim Whitney, drummer Eric Halvorson, and conductor JC Sanford… their wizardry together is most evident on pieces like my personal favorite of the seven (long) songs offered up, “Suburban Diaspora“… clear visions of our mixed cultures, all the way from inner city to the remotest suburbs, are revealed… I simply LOVED this piece, and it will be getting constant play on jazz stations ’round the country, I’ve no doubt.
I give Chris and his high-talent players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for this musical gem, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98. Get more information on Chris’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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