Jensson, Hilmar / Tyft
Album:Tyft Collection:Jazz
Artist:Jensson, Hilmar Added:Dec 2002
Label:Songlines Recordings 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2003-01-06 Pull Date:2003-03-10 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Mar 9Mar 2Feb 23Feb 16Feb 9Feb 2Jan 26Jan 19

Recent Airplay
1.Oct 20, 2009:Memory Select
Sinbad Glick
4.Jun 15, 2004:Umami Jazz Program
Short or Hairy
2.Jun 26, 2009:Memory Select
5.Mar 07, 2003:Memory Select
3.Aug 09, 2005:Umami Jazz Program
Even If ...
6.Feb 26, 2003:Umami Jazz Program
Even If ...

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2003-01-05 
Avant-jazz with the feel of disassembled rock. Guitar, sax and drums with an aggressive but sparse sound ... there's lots of noise but it feels slow-moving overall. Often, they'll have the drums (Jim Black) pounding explosively, behind patient guitar-and-sax lines (Jenssen, and Andrew D'Angelo, respectively).

Dark and sometimes harsh... but with serene, pretty moments of solo guitar (2,5,7,12). Black's drumming on the rock-like numbers is a particular treat - he's an exciting player who can lay down a ferocious beat.

Side note: These guys all hang out together. Black and D'Angelo shared a Seattle flat years ago and played in a band called Human Feel (with Chris Speed and Kurt Rosenwinkle). And Jenssen, an Icelander, plays in Black's band, Alas No Axis. "Tyft" is Jenssen's first album as a leader, AFAIK.

1*- Midtempo, after squirrely free intro
2*- Solo guitar, sparkling, gliding
3*- Starts with quiet Matmos-like chirpy sounds, ends with an upbeat Tim Berne-like composition
4- Tumbing chaos; not that fast.
5- Quiet and sparse, w/noisy finale
6- Choppy, fairly loud, w/busy drums
7- Acoustic solo
8- Disturbed. Ends floaty.
9- Morose strumming. Atmospheric.
10- Sparse, w/slow composed bit at the end
11*- Spry and Beefhart-like, with spoken word
12- Minor-key strumming

Track Listing
1.Short or Hairy 7.Yolanda
2.Searching for Glick 8.Even If ...
3.Sinbad Glick 9.Tyft
4.Three Oily Tuesdays 10.Death of a Penguin
5.Uncle Fishhook 11.Indelable Scars
6.Morthanna 12.Tyft 2