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A Shorter Distance by Christine Jensen

This marks Christine Jensen's second release on the Effendi label and it is a superlative one. "A Shorter Distance" is comprised of music for quintet, sextet, and septet arrangements. These are well-crafted arrangements by Christine Jensen and are meticulously performed by Christine on saxophones and her more well-known, older sister, Ingrid, on trumpet. These Canadian sisters have that connection that produces a wonderfully mellifluous quality with occasional subterranean conflict. They revisit territory once covered by Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis and Gil Evans.

The album and the title track in particular, composed by Ingrid, has a gorgeous blending of horns that is reminiscent of arrangements on "Kind of Blue." This piece is hauntingly intricate and enticingly delicious. 'A Shorter Distance' is sprinkled with subtle spices and filled with rich aromas. This is a superb performance. On 'Red Roads,' a pastoral mood is enhanced with the introduction of Ken Bibace on a guitar that shimmers on the horizon.

Gershwin's magnificent 'I Loves You Porgy' is played flawlessly and restlessly. It is more tension-filled that renditions typically played. The interplay between the Jensen sisters is nearly psychic and solidly and inventively backed by pianist John Sadowy, drummer Jon Wikan and bassist Fraser Hollins. 'Backyard' is like watching a frisky kitten frolic among the shrubs, hiding and then pouncing at invisible prey in an imaginary jungle backyard. It is a blues both tame and wild.

"A Shorter Distance" is a very enjoyable way to spend an evening.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Christine Jensen
  • CD Title: A Shorter Distance
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Effendi Records
  • Tracks: Dilemma, Halfway Home, Just Last Week, A Shorter Distance, Red Roads, Backyard, I Loves You Porgy, Chelsea Rain
  • Musicians: Christine Jensen (alto & soprano saxophones), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet & Flugelhorn), John Sadowy (piano & Fender Rhodes), Ken Bibace (guitar), Joel Miller (tenor saxophone), Jon Wikan (drums), Fraser Hollins (bass)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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