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Chris Jennings

Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic

Born: August 12, 1978    

Chris Jennings

CHRIS JENNINGS - double bassist

In Paris France since 2002, Canadian bassist CHRIS JENNINGS has established himself as double bassist with guitarist Nguyên Lê in formations such as his New Quartet (with Rita Marcotulli and Roberto Gato/Danny Gottlieb) and the Fragile Beauty project to name a few. Mr. Jennings is also the bassist of the Dhafer Youssef Quartet (with Tigran Hamasyan and Mark Guiliana), renowned Turkish Ney musician Kudsi Erguner Group and the Thomas Enhco piano trio.

After the release in 2011 of his self titled CHRIS JENNINGS QUARTET CD on Promise Land Records, distribution by Codaex France, featuring Manu Codjia (el. gtr), Pierre Perchaud (ac. gtr), Patrick Goraguer (drums), and leading a trio with American drummer Leon Parker for three years, Mr. Jennings has started two new projects alongside the longstanding “JENNINGS/PERCHAUD” acoustic duo which continues to evolve for over seven years now. The first new trio is with Mieko Miyazaki (Japanese koto) and Patrick Goraguer (drums/santour) as well as a trio featuring guitarist/percussionist Kevin Seddiki (guitarist with Al Di Meola) and the young Belgium vocalist revelation Lynn Cassiers....
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“Un des morceaux que l’on retiendra est le morceau « Riyaz », un composition originale du contrebassiste Chris Jennings, inspirée du folklore iranien. Chris Jennings nous a montré à quel point la contrebasse pouvait être un instrument lyrique, les phrases mélodiques de son introduction nous évoquaient le chant des religieux psalmodiant les versets du Coran.” Par Neil Saidi, http://toutelaculture.com/ mars 2011 concert au Sunside du Thomas Enhco Trio

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“...le contrebassiste poète Chris Jennings.” Dominique Largeron : Citizen Jazz Nov 2010

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“Le chant de la contrebasse, car à ce niveau de virtuosité on peut parler comme dans le chant lyrique de basse chantante, ce chant donc semble amplifier les notes de la guitare.” Michel Mattias : www.jazz-rhone-aples.com déc 2010

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“Ils sont en effet dans une telle complémentarité que le lien entre eux est presque palpable… Une telle osmose entre les musiciens sans qu’aucun d’entre eux ne disparaisse dans le collectif nous a donné l’impression qu’ensemble ils n’avaient pas de limite.” Michel Mathais chronique pour le CHRIS JENNINGS TRIO (avec Pierre Perchaud et Leon Parker) 2010

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“...following Dhafer Youssef’s ascendant vocals, turns to modal territory - the pianist’s (Tigran Hamasyan) inside/outside playing creating fierce tension and release, bolstered by Canadian bassist Chris Jennings and American drummer Mark Guiliana, who lights a serious fire underneath the group.” John Kelman : All About Jazz May 2011

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“Jamais entendu une chose pareille, me confiera un musicien présent dans la salle, pour ma part, jamais entendu un trio pareil, généreux, simple, riche…. “ Eric Téruel chronique pour le CHRIS JENNINGS TRIO (avec Pierre Perchaud et Leon Parker) 2010

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Feature de professeur. Magasine de Ville de Chelles (France) Avril 2008 Par Joelle Bappel, Mairie de Chelles, France. avril 2008 edition no. 237

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Feature artist in “Bassist Magasine” (France) Mars/Avril Edition 2007 Bassiste Magazine, de Adrien Evangelista, mars/avril edition 2007

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“… est rapidement remplacé par un contrebassiste dont le nom circule beaucoup depuis qu’il s’est installé en France, le Canadien Chris Jennings” Jazzman Magazine, de Franck Bergerot, mai 2004, Paris France.

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“ …et PUSH [de Chris Jennings] à la latinité dansante diablement efficace. Au passage, on saluera le discours tout en puissance mélodique de Chris Jennings, contrebassiste dont on entend de plus en plus souvent parler dans les clubs parisiens,….” Le nouveau disque …EVEIL Choisisait disque d’emoi, juin 2003, de Jêrome Plassard, Jazz Magazine, Paris, France

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“ Airelle Besson avec Chris Jennings a convaincu le jury.” Tremplin d’Avignon Festival du Jazz; August 5, 2002, by Phillipe Lemande. La Delphine, Avignon, France

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“ ...the very promising rhythm tandem of bass Chris Jennings and drummer Mark Adam ... did themselves proud,” noting Chris' “ confident melodicism” and Mark's “loose, enterprising approach” CJSW Concert Series; April 12, 2000, by Geoff Chapman. Toronto Star, Toronto, Canada

  • Drum'n Koto

    Promise Land Records
    2013
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Primary Instrument:
Bass, acoustic

Location:
Paris

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
Professeur at the Conservatory of Chelles, France Professeur at the Centre Musiques de Didier Lockwood (CMDL), France

Endorsed by d'Addario Bowed Strings “Karla,” 2004 custom double bass by Thomas Martin. "Fiona,” circa 1880 German double bass restored by Gerard Samija (Vancouver). "Setâreh,” 2011 custom upright-electric by Hervé Prudent “Bapoum,” 1990 custom six string electric bass with the help of bassist/mentor Dale James. Body and neck by Tak Hosono (ibenez)/electronics by Pat Bartolini, body/neck refinished by french luthier Julien Gendre.Eden Traveler Amplifier, FWR upright pick-up, EBS effects, monster cables

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