Chris Jentsch (guitar) is a recording and performing artist working primarily in jazz and contemporary improvisational forms. Based in Brooklyn since 1999, his main ensemble is Jentsch Group in its trio, quartet, nonet, or large configurations.
Jentsch is also a composer of jazz and concert music having been awarded grants/commissions from NY State Council on the Arts (3), Meet the Composer, the Composers Assistance Program of the American Music Center (2), American Composers Forum (2), Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble, Penfield Commission Project, and Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works Program.
Jentsch’s first CD Media Event was released in 1998 and features his working trio from that era. His second CD Miami Suite (1999) presents original works for large jazz ensemble. His third CD featuring the ACF-commissioned Brooklyn Suite for Jentsch Group Large was released in 2007 on Fleur De Son Records, as was a follow up, Cycles Suite, in 2009. Fractured Pop, a CD/DVD documenting Jentsch Group Quartet was released in 2017.
(on Brooklyn Suite) “…soaring guitar and kaleidoscopic soundscape…” - Howard Mandel
“Jentsch displays contemporary guitar mastery throughout (his CD Media Event). When you think of the traditions of the guitar in late 20th century, ‘emotion’ is the word that is often conjured. For Jentsch, add intellect, substance, and style to that guitar-emotion definition � a delicacy and charm that spans the history of the music.” - AllAboutJazz.com