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CYCLES SUITE featuring Mike Kaupa (2009/Fleur De Son FDSJ 57994)  $15.00
A 76-minute work commissioned by New York State Council on the Arts, Cycles Suite is intended as a meditation on one’s own life cycle and the important connections with the cycles of others. Jentsch’s complete liner notes.

Cycles Suite Reviews:

"The interesting thing is that he's using avant-garde techniques, but in a traditional framework…”
Will Friedwald (New York Sun)

“In its scope and detail and eternally recurring inner logic, Cycles Suite may be the Finnegans Wake of big-band jazz. …a moving and elegiac journey through complex emotional terrain.”
– Richard Gehr (from the liner notes)

More Reviews:
Washington City Paper
Wall Street Journal
Hartford Courant (scroll down)
Lucid Culture
Jazz.com
Jordan Richardson
Cadence Magazine
Jazz Inside NY

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Cycles Suite was commissioned by the Individual Artists Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, was made possible in part through the sponsorship of The Field, and was partially developed during a residency at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming.


Brooklyn Suite

 

 

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"Cycles Suite:
Movement I. Arrival"
[track 1 - fade in at 02:23; fade out near 04:50]


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"Cycles Suite:
Movement III. Home and Away"
[track 3 - fade in at 02:00; fade out near 04:07]

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from CYCLES SUITE featuring Mike Kaupa
Jentsch Group Large
Chris Jentsch guitars/composition


 

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BROOKLYN SUITE (2007/Fleur De Son FDS 57987)  $15.00
Includes the 45-minute suite for a sixteen-piece jazz ensemble commissioned by American Composers Forum, and two other original tunes. One of the ideas for this project was to take advantage of the opportunity to combine various electric guitar sounds and textures with the large ensemble.

"Brooklyn Suite (is) Chris Jentsch's sublime set of interwoven themes and expansive movements for guitar and orchestra…

In the course of its myriad twists and transformations, Brooklyn Suite breathes with so much more spirit than what we typically designate 'concert music'; without being determinedly programmatic, it evokes the lush and gritty varieties of the borough’s landscape... The seven parts of Jentsch's suite...
flow organically one to the next, generating new motifs,
casting back to earlier motifs, just as Brooklyn itself seems to... 

Jentsch's compositions inspire cinematic reverie while confounding the construction of any single literal plot. His achievement is really too big to accommodate a simple story."  

– Howard Mandel (from the liner notes)

Brooklyn Suite Reviews:

DownBeat Magazine
Alex Henderson, AllMusic (with more sound clips)

Reviews at AllAboutJazz:

Graham L. Flanagan
Mark F. Turner
Jack Bowers (scroll down for review)
Michael P. Gladstone


> More Brooklyn Suite press

> Jentsch’s complete liner notes

 

Brooklyn Suite was funded in part by the Composer Assistance Program of the American Music Center, and commissioned by the American Composers Forum with Funds provided by the Jerome Foundation.

Brooklyn Suite


"Brooklyn Suite:
Movement II. Outside Line "


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"Brooklyn Suite:
Movement III. Follow that Cab"


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"Brooklyn Suite:
Movement IV. Imagining the Mirror "


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from BROOKLYN SUITE
Jentsch Group Large
Chris Jentsch guitars/composition

 
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MEDIA EVENT (1998/Blue Schist CD001) $12.00
Includes mostly original compositions and a handful
of standards (guitar/Chris Jentsch, bass/Dan Feiszli, drums/Jon Arkin).


"All kinds of cool noises come out of Jentsch's guitar on
MEDIA EVENT..."

- Cadence Magazine

› full Media Event CD review by Cadence

"On MEDIA EVENT Jentsch combines graceful dexterity with introspective intensity, an exceptional new talent on the instrumental guitar front."
- 20th Century Guitar Magazine

"Jentsch displays contemporary guitar mastery throughout
(his CD). When you think of the traditions of the guitar in the late 20th century, emotion is the word that is often conjured.
For Jentsch, add intellect, substance, and style to that
guitar-emotion definition."

- AllAboutJazz.com

› full Media Event CD review by All About Jazz

Media Event CD
 

"Summer grasses, all that
remains of soldiers' dreams"


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from MEDIA EVENT
Chris Jentsch guitar/composition
Dan Feiszli bass
Jon Arkin drums
 
 
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  MIAMI SUITE (1999/Blue Schist CD002) $12.00
Jentsch conducts large jazz ensemble compositions
in a live concert recording featuring the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band. Rare CD Bonus Track included from the Blue Schist archives.


"Top Ten Selection/Autumn 1999 and Winter 2000..."
- WXXI Jazz Overtime

"As a composer, he has written large ensemble pieces that
fall in a Gil Evans/Maria Schneider vein."

- Listen.com
 

(Jentsch's Miami Suite) is contemporary jazz expression at
the very finest!

- JazzReview.com

› full Miami Suite CD review

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"Media Event"

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from MIAMI SUITE
U. of Miami Concert Jazz Band
Chris Jentsch, composer and guest conductor
soloists:
Chandler Webber soprano sax
Einar Scheving drums