Blackwater takes flight from the first notes. 8 lithe and subtle compositions by Henrik Jensen, written for the individual voices of Followed by Thirteen, has produced an album that is a compelling and repeat listen.
Forming in 2010, Followed by Thirteen released its debut album Qualia in 2013 also on Jellymould.
Blackwater takes off from that first distinctive album, with a more sophisticated reach and depth in composition, which enables a rich and dynamic rapport between these four distinct musicians. Here is a quartet of players which truly encapsulates the cultural diversity and vitality of the London jazz scene – with varied influences and backgrounds – that nevertheless nods clearly to the jazz tradition and Jensen’s inspirations, from Thelonious Monk through to Drew Gress’ quartet of the same line-up.
Qualia is the beautiful debut album from London-based Danish bass player/composer Henrik Jensen and his group Followed By Thirteen. Dedicated to his mother who was incredibly superstitious – Qualia (a philosophical term meaning an unfamiliar word for something that could not be more familiar to each of us) is a collection of melodic, swinging compositions written specifically for this group of musicians for whom Henrik has a real affinity and affection; and what a band they are!
American trumpeter Andre Canniere is a rising star on the European jazz scene. As well as playing with such luminaries as Maria Schneider, Bjorkestra, Ted Poor and Darcy James Argue Canniere’s debut album from 2012 was hailed as “beautifully balanced" and “exhilarating" in its five star review by The Guardian. Danish pianist Esben Tjalve’s delicate playing compliments Jensen’s compositions with such taste, and underpinning the whole band with his sensitive, unobtrusive dexterity is British drummer Peter Ibbetson who is becoming a favourite amongst leaders on the healthy London scene.
Jensen has spent the last five years recording and touring the world with the vocal trio The Puppini Sisters but he has also been laying the bass lines down with artists including, Pete Wareham, Elizabeth Shepherd, Martin Speake , Peter Ehwald, Billy Jenkins, Arthur Lea and Will Butterworth. However, it is this group where Henrik’s musical focus really lies.
Qualia is a collection of compositions that are thoughtful, playful, bursting with energy, at times melancholic and there is space in the arrangements, room for each member of the quartet to express themselves.
Common Spaces by New Simplicity Trio is a powerful statement of musical commitment to groove and melody. These are tunes that will be whistled and hummed.
Something of a rarity on the contemporary UK and European scene amongst younger players, the trio of Heinen, Jensen and Fusco focus on melodic and harmonic simplicity. That approach has given space for every stroke or touch to stand distinct, achieving a fine balance of tension and grace on Common Spaces and between the 3 players.
New Simplicity Trio formed in 2014, with the addition of Danish London-based double bassist Henrik Jensen to the long-standing and deep collaboration between Italian drummer Antonio Fusco and the British pianist Bruno Heinen. Their approach is rooted in the ideas initially put forward by the Evans/La Faro/Motion trio of a collective and equally voiced group, but with a contemporary compositional perspective, with contributions from each of the trio.
The group’s name was inspired by the post serial movement of late 1970’s contemporary classical German composers who rejected the complexity of serialism and other avant-garde practices. They instead composed memorable melodic and harmonic compositions, seeking an immediacy and clarity of communication with their audiences.
Available on itunes and at music-chamber
Peter Ehwald sax, Henrik Jensen bass.
Available on Itunes
Available om Itunes and at 33jazz records
Peter Ehwald sax, Henrik Jensen bass, Wolfgang Hohn drums.