Alex Jenkins Trio | Jumping Ship

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Jumping Ship

by Alex Jenkins Trio

Jazz, world, creative music
Genre: Jazz: Avant-Garde Jazz
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1. Lessons Learned
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2. Jumping Ship
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3. Slither
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4. For Laura
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5. Djembe
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6. Frieda
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7. Dedication
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
One of the enduring beauties of jazz lies in the utterly democratic way it is created. No other form of music depends upon the active participation of all the people who play it; for the music to be elevated and then remain aloft, each link of the chain must be strong enough to synchronize with all the others to make the magic happen.
Jumping Ship features drummer Alex Jenkins, a stalwart of the northern California jazz scene, leading a session with nor-cal compadre Gerry Pineda on bass and native Australian/recent New York transplant Jacam Manricks on alto and soprano saxes and alto flute. The seven compositions here, all by Jenkins and arranged by the group, were recorded in one day with no overdubbing. Jenkins admits to being a longtime fan of the clean, austere sound that producer Manfred Eicher developed for his ECM label recordings, and he used that as a model for where he wanted to go sonically with this project. In addition, there’s no piano or guitar to intimate any kind of chord structure, which gives these three musicians the extra freedom to soar.
Jenkins not only is a longtime practitioner of jazz drumming, particularly that of personal favorite Elvin Jones, but he also has traveled to India to immerse himself deeply in south Asian percussion styles. He also studied under teacher Ali Akbar Khan for five years at Khan’s school in San Rafael, Calif. Those global influences can be heard on Jumping Ship, both in Jenkins’ songwriting and in his drumming. He teaches drums and percussion in Sacramento, where he and the other two trio members reside.

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