Danish veteran double bass player Jens Jefsen kept doing what he always does, even during the long Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns. He kept doing what he is doing all his life – playing his favorite double basses (Pöllman and Rubner), improvising over iconic songs, composing and inviting musicians-friends, including his son Oskar Hougaard Jefsen, to play with him at his home in Åbyhøj and spice his new album, «Music Between Gigs».
Jefsen composed few melodies and rhythmic patterns with samples of his double basses and other keyboards, always with the double bass still as the leading voice, and added few famous songs – George Gershwin’s «Soon», John Lennon’s «Imagine», Nirvana’s «Smells Like Teen Spirit», «Baubles, Bangles and Beads» from the musical Kismet and The Drifters’ «Save The Last Dance For Me». The eclectic yet unassuming outcome is entertaining and leisured and, obviously, rhythmic and playful.
«Lateral Thinking» and «Siya Evine» introduces light Middle-Eastern colors thanks to the duduk playing of Cahit Ece and the harmonica playing of Emir Bosnjak. The adaption of «Imagine» sticks to the essential melody with understated violin ornamentations of Lasse Høj Jacobsen. This duo replicates this approach on «Smells Like Teen Spirit» and strips this song totally from its urgent, nervous energy. Drummer Morten Lund, the most noteworthy guest on «Music Between Gigs», joins Jefsen for another minimalist. stripped-down interpretation of «Soon».
Jens Jefsen (b, keys, perc, iPad, p), Uffe Steen (g), Cahit Ece (duduk), Emir Bosnjak (harm), Esben Tjalve (el.p), Stephan Kammerer (ts, fl), Oskar Hougaard Jefsen (v), Lasse Høj Jacobsen (vio), Morten Lund (dr), Steen Raahauge (perc)