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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Blog

Weekend with the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra

This past weekend I had the great honour of recording with Christine Jensen’s newest Big Band project. Two days of great music with a fantastic band, including her very talented sister, Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, and husband Joel Miller (who recently won a Juno for his album, Swim) on tenor sax. Treelines-The Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra on Justin-Time Records, won her the 2011 Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, so I was very happy to have been included in Christine’s newest project. We recorded at Studio Piccolo in Montreal with Paul Johnston as the engineer, and as expected, everything sounded amazing even before the record button was pressed.

I’ve played a lot of Big Band in the past 20 years, but this recording was a bit more challenging than other projects. Christine’s music is very melodic and textural with a lot of straight eighth feels, so instead of a hard hitting Big Band, I thought of the ensemble as more of a 17-piece quintet, if that makes sense. The band was so strong that I didn’t need to be there marking out the time like I usually do in an ensemble this size. I was able to leave a lot of space, use a ton of dynamics, and get really interactive within the sections. It was also a real treat to be able to play with Ingrid again, as well as Chet Doxas on tenor, Fraser Hollins on bass, and the rest of the usual suspects:)

Late fall is the expected release date. Stay tuned!

-Rich