Arne Jansen Trio: My Tree: Presscuts
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Release Date: 26.01.2006
TT Catalogue No: 4486
"Seven self-composed pieces are presented by the 30 year old guitarist and
composer Arne Jansen, one of Peter Herbolzheimer's favourite guitarists
in the new german
generation, on his debut Album with Eva Kruse and Eric Schaefer, both active
for the last seven years in various ensembles, which he has recorded for
To be found on „My Tree“ are well structured compositions, in
which solo passages and improvisations are never simply arbitrary, but provide
clear musical unity, and something is constantly happening in these over-flowing
works, so that the listener is often reminded of other influences; simply
Three highly gifted and young musicians prove that they have ample room for
their individual soundworld. Sometimes rock, sometimes jazz, Arne Jansen
displays his virtuosic ability, Eric Schaefer creates unobtrusively a rhythmical
structured dynamic range, and together with Eva Kruse's dynamic playing, „My
Tree“ offers an rousing and captivating modern jazz, which lies far
beyond fixed concepts."
Jazzdimensions.de 4/2006 Martin Lücke
"The Berlin guitarist Arne Jansen is influenced by the usual suspects John
Scofield, Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny, but his first love is Mark Knopfler
and the grunge-melancholic
Pearl Jam. Not for nothing does his trio's debut album (on bass, Eva Kruse,
on drums Eric Schaefer) with an exceptional/unusual version of the Pearl
Jam piece „Release“. It is the enthralling rounding-off of a
record, which draws power from tranquility. And in the process highlights
enormous multi-faceted jazz-guitar artistry of wit and sensitivity."
Berliner Morgenpost, 8.4.2006
"Strength lies hiere within peace. Jansen's compositions are soulful landscape
paintings with a great sense of breadth and space. Added to this, a definite
rock melancholy. Not without reason is the album title a bow of acknowledgement
to Pearl Jam's „In My Tree“, not through coincidence does Arne
Jansen's cd close with the interpretation of an old song of those inventors
of Grunge. The piece is called „Release“, and is indeed a liberation.
Utterly gentle, with Jansen's harmonics on the guitar, Kruse's sweet-but-powerful
basslines and Schaefer's tinkling bells: so it all begins, like an unorthodox
jazz waltz. Then follows the anthem-like /hymn-like discharge. It is an earthquake.
And an awesome finale to an enjoyable and laid-back trio album."
Rondo, Josef Engels, 25.3.2006
"Arne Jansen is unquestionably a heavyweight in the Muthspiel/Rosenwinkel
category. Arne is an exceptionally tasteful performer, in composition as
well as sound.
My Tree“ offers a modernity, which enthralls, which is unusually warm
and engaging, and yet doesn't fall into post-modern, deconstructivist cliché.
It succeeds constantly in one thing: it makes you curious. The guitar itself
and the trio interaction are all in all thrilling, the profundity of musical
declaration convincing the easiness of their presentation are striking. Utterly
Jazz Podium, 2006, Alexander Schmitz
"He sounds fresh and manages an impressive balancing act between quiescent
improvisation and hot-blooded guitar rhetoric."
Gitarre & Bass, 2/2006 Lothar Trampert
"He can conjure up wonderfully lyrical meshwork, flare into off-the-wall
themes, and also commemmorate the explosiveness of rock music: Arne Jansen's
is a pleasure for the senses and the intellect."
Jazz-Zeitung 2006/02, Critics' Choice, Roland Spiegel, BR
"...And so Traumton Berlin continues just as ever: headstrong, excellently
produced and with stylish packaging; one need only hear the debut-cd of
Arne Jansen, who in his trio, with his terrific, artful and joyful playing,
positions himself between Hendrix, Metheny and Jim Hall..."
Saarbrücker Zeitung, 18.12006
- "The debut album by German jazz guitarist Arne Jansen is recorded in the traditional
power trio format, with the assertive bassist Eva Kruse and powerhouse drummer
Eric Schaefer jockeying for position behind Jansen's leads. There's only occasional
rock influences on My Tree, however, as on the moody, Schaefer-driven tune "Cielo
Argento." Mostly, the album is in the northern European modern jazz tradition,
with passages of free improvisation sitting comfortably within otherwise straightforward
tunes. Despite the sonic differences due to the different instrumental lineup,
fans of the Swedish neo-free jazz piano trio E.S.T. or their lesser American
equivalent, the Bad Plus, will find My Tree conceptually similar, right down
to Jansen's puckish cover of Pearl Jam's "Release" as the closing track."
all music guide, Stewart Mason, 2006