(composer, arranger, performer, producer)
“ All the arrangements are great, but Aaron Jensen’s On the Street Where You Live rises to another level entirely. It starts brilliantly with an orchestra tuning up and coalescing into the first few chords of an MGM-movie-musical overture, then slides into a deceptively slow and smoky first verse, and finally settles into its fun, up-tempo groove. It captures the brassy Broadway sound, yet it sounds nothing like the original Broadway version. Jensen does equally well with classic rock: in his hands Harvest Moon becomes a slow, rich tapestry of harmonic movement that Neil Young could never have imagined.
Jensen’s originals are also great, and they mostly slide in seamlessly alongside the classics. Good Love is the moody, bluesy male counterpart to Peggy Lee’s Fever, and High and Drysville conjures up images of Sinatra doing Mack the Knife. Both songs could easily be lesser-known standards.” Michael Marcus – RARB
Winner of 2011 CARA Awards for Best Canadian Album, Best Jazz Album, and Best Jazz Song (On The Street Where You Live arranged by Aaron Jensen) Nomination for Best Song (Good Love written by Aaron Jensen)
Speak Easy features three of Jensen’s originals: High and Drysville (which was awarded Grand Prize in Jazz category by the International John Lennon Songwriting Competition.) Good Love (as recently featured on the compilation album, Sing 7), and The Tramps (recently featured on new Centrediscs album, From Sea to Sea), as well as five Jensen arrangements It’s All Right With Me, Ain’t that a Kick in the Head, On the Street Where You Live, Harvest Moon, & Bijou.
It’s All Right With Me, recently hit the Top Ten on Radio Jazz France.