CHRIS JENTSCH

Brook­lyn Suite Fleur de Son

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - RAY COMISKEY

With this five-part suite, Jentsch re­veals him­self as a com­poser and or­ches­tra­tor of con­sid­er­able tal­ent. Us­ing a stan­dard big-band for­mat, the ba­sic ma­te­rial for the suite was recorded live, with fur­ther tex­tu­ral ef­fects, in­clud­ing line-dou­bling, added in post­pro­duc­tion. But this says lit­tle about the skill Jentsch brings to bear on the process. He’s adept at wring­ing or­ches­tral colour out of mo­tifs with­out ob­scur­ing their uni­fy­ing ef­fect with clut­tered writ­ing; the mu­sic has room to breathe, as do his soloists (him­self in­cluded), whose rock-in­flu­enced gui­tar sound works in this con­text. What re­sults is some­thing that de­fies easy cat­e­gori­sa­tion, oc­cu­py­ing a space all its own, yet ref­er­enc­ing jazz and rock in­flu­ences, in­clud­ing Gil Evans, and pur­su­ing an approach that trans­mutes short-form writ­ing into thought­ful, sat­is­fy­ingly de­tailed, pur­pose­ful, lengthy scores. www.fleur­de­son.com

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