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JUST JAZZ GUITAR Magazine
August 2001
Jill Jensen - SEEMS LIKE DREAMS

Frozen Sky Records
PO Box 367
Sturtevant, WI  53177


    In this CD, produced and arranged by guitarist Jack Grassel, Jensen presents a clear and sometimes playful approach to seven jazz standards.  From the opening ballad, "Where or When," the stage is set for a mellow and wistful performance in keeping with the album title, which is taken from the opening line of the third selection, "It Had To Be You."  Jensen's voice is strong and self-assured, and her choice of material perfectly achieves her stated purpose, according to her liner notes.

    The mid-tempo tune "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" showcases the other fine instrumentalists on the album - Rick Embach on vibes, bassist Marlene Rosenberg, and drummer Ernie Adams. The group also adds solid backing on the jazz waltz "I'm All Smiles."
    Grassel shines throughout, demonstrating his ability to create fine improvised single-note and chord solos and provide excellent harmonic and rhythmic accompaniment to the vocals.  The instrumental opening of "Skylark"
reflects his interesting conceptual approach to harmonies and substitutions. In summary: Grassel's overall skill and musical approach are the perfect compliment to Jensen's vocal styling and phrasing. These two have combined to create a CD with which any listener can sit back and relax.
     Reviewed by Vince Lewis, Guitar Instructor, Liberty University