Ingrid Jensen At Sea Review

BBC Review

5th album from trumpeter Jensen is a consolidation of her playing and writing skills...

Freya Mitchell 2006

Look, it's a lady with a trumpet, and get this, she's really good! But enough already, Canadian Ingrid Jensen has been successfully bubbling away for a while now but At Sea (her 5th album) proves that she can easily keep up with the big boys: and she deserves a wider audience for it. Jensen doubles on trumpet and flugelhorn backed by a shifting mix of piano and Fender Rhodes (from the excellent Geoffrey Keezer), drums, percussion, bass and occasional guitar.

It's when Jensen flexes her compositional muscles that her playing becomes really interesting. The influence of the hard bop canon is there to hear, but her voice is very much her own. A colleague of Maria Schneider, her writing is taut, elegant and sophisticated; to me it hints that there's the spark of something bigger and better to come.

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