Arne Jansen Trio: Younger Than That Now: Presscuts
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Release Date: 03.10.2008
TT Catalogue No: 4520
- “Finally! You’ll be tempted to gaze up to heaven and let out a cry of relief. Germany has not
seen the likes of a jazz guitar player such as young Arne Jansen from Berlin
for decades. Perhaps never.“
Jazzthetik, October 2008, Wolf Kampmann
- "At the end of 2005 we were thrilled with „My
Tree“ (Traumton 4486) ; and in order to express our thoughts about Arne
Jansen's new album, we could use nearly the exact same vocabulary: a guitar of
the likes of Rosenwinkel/Muthspiel; an exceptionally, stylish performer and composer,
inexhaustible single-note playing; beyond all post-modern clichés, exciting,
striking, astonishing. The Berlin guitarist is above all himself, a highly musical
economistof beauty, of bearing, of space. He is an artist of reduction, such
as in the beguilingly beautiful, almost minimalist and programmatic opening title „On
the Shore“ , who furthermore, like in „Setting Forth“ chooses
prudently open strings over dramatically changing chords.
Arne's truly large world, remains a reductionist one: at over nine minutes,
the opus „The end of the world“, the three provide a prime example
of 'less is more'; AJ has dedicated the piece to Haruki Murikami, the japanese
with innumerable references to pop, rock music and jazz. Here there is no tamtam
crescendo to be found. Here reigns the softly breathing Moment, quiet, but
powerful in its meaning, which we know through Haiku and Tanka. Arne Jansen
and his trio offer wonderful music, music which contains much more than the
ostensibly audible: an amazing amount of far-eastern wisdom."
Jazzpodium, Alexander Schmitz, October 2008
- The Dylan Factor:
Guitarist Arne Jansen is setting new standards in the Berlin jazz scene. In
spite of legions of motivated jazz musicians, innovation, individuality and
standards rarely sewn/few and far between. Arne Jansen brings this stagnancy
to an end.
Jansen is a gentle extremist. The pieces on his new album „Younger Than
That Now“ are totally new and fresh, and yet stirs long-standing musical
memories of jazz, rock and folk.
He seeks his inspiration in Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Radiohead or Bob Dylan,
from whom he has also borrowed the title for his album.
„ The simplicity in music moves me, even if it be acoustic pop, which comprises
only three chords.“
Jansen doesn't disclaim examples like John Scofield, Pat Metheney or Bill Frisell,
but his version of jazz sounds more like instrumental rock. He plays without
each and every pressure, he can let go where others get in the way. „I
don't want my music to be aloof. Art for itself alone, which catches life through
a long-distance lens, is meaningless to me. I sometimes buy records, which on
first hearing impress me, but then I catch myself and realise that I never listen
to them again“. Jansen's songs are an unbroken line between White Stripes
and Neil Young. Jazz or not, Jansen translates his influences into a Berlin
jargon, the sounds of daily life in the German capital, from the dust of the
sites to the scent of hot-dog stands in the beer garden.
TIP Berlin, 2.10.2008
- The german guitarist demonstrates his skill in the subject of lucidity. This
musician unerringly casts his exquisitely honed tones, droplet-like, in these
eight instrumentals in such an economical and trembling fashion, that is simply
inimitable, original, wilful and awe-inspiring. Together with Eva Kruse (b)
and Eric Schaefer (dr), the berliner's album (production) succeeds in transporting
us somewhere between the impressionism of Mike Goodricks,
the nordic/northern Blues of Terje Rypdal, and the economical performance concept
of Jim Hall, off the beaten track of traditional jazz, over-theoretical dogma
and avantgarde forces. Wonderfully nonconformist.
Gitarre & Bass, 11/2008
- The guitarist Arne Jansen has two thirds of Michael Wollny's successful trio
in his band. The Berliner composes simple, good-sounding melodies. He studied
with, among others, Pat Metheny and John Abercrombie, and was a member of the
German National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Jansen and Kruse also play in the quartet „Firomanum“,
which enchanted this year's Jazzfest Berlin.
- Freedom and Euphoria. Musicians describe, why a work lies close to their hearts
- this time: Arne Jansen, Guitarist
I love the freedom of improvisation – listening to your fellow musicians
and the shared act of composing 'in the moment''; With composition, just as
with improvisation, I follow a melodic motif, which stirs something in me.
try to follow this feeling through to wherever it may choose to lead me. It
concerns much less a conscious creative process, and much more so, an unconscious
of discovery, in which I try to follow melodic motif which moves me in some
way. I greatly admire the masters of these skills, such as Miles Davis, Bod
Mahler or Radiohead. This all has to do with my musical development of course.
After beginning as a rock guitarist, with a predeliction for Jimi Hendrix and
Mark Knopfler, I discovered, with near blind euphoria, jazz. Over a period
of about ten years, I have engaged myself extremely intensively with this musical
form of expression. And so it is for me a necessity and a great pleasure, to
play music together with my colleagues Eva Kruse and Eric Schaefer, music which
takes her inspiration from all these various styles, and is ingrained with
as well as rock and pop music.“
Berlin, Spielzeit, 30.10.2008
“Without a doubt one of the most talented guitar players around”
Live, Dirk Bremshey, 12/2008
Concert at "Jazz Baltica 2009":
Jansen’s trio gave a furious concert – spectacular music, emphatic
and expressive, with awesome dynamics.
Jazzthetik, Angela Ballhorn
Concert at "10 Years of Enjoy Jazz"
“…The concert by the Arne Jansen Trio from Berlin was a feat of extraordinary
ordinariness. This music rests in its beauty and refuses to
succumb to extravagant experimentalism or superficial athletics. Every one
of Jansen’s notes exhales authenticity…”
Jazzpodium, Volker Doberstein, 12/2008