Henrik Jensen’s ‘Followed By Thirteen’

Henrik Jensen’s ‘Followed By Thirteen’

Monday 1 November 2021
7:30 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


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Henrik Jensen – double bass
Esben Tjalve – piano
Mark Whitlam – drums

“The balance between composition and improvisation, as in the best jazz, disappears so that one is left with a complete and perfectly coherent performance”  Chris Barber
 Jazzviews (full review here)

“It is so cool and laid back that I too wanted to lay back and just wallow in the sound. Even the more uppish numbers had such a relaxed feel about them that I wasn’t sure if I wanted a late night cocktail or a cup of cocoa…As for Jensen himself, Denmark produced, arguably, the world’s greatest jazz double bassist – no name needed – and it suffices to say that Henrik Jensen is in that league.”   Lance Liddle, 
Bebop Spoken Here (full review here)

Double Bass player and composer Henrik Jensen released his third album Affinity in March 2020, a collection of incendiary tracks performed by his quartet Followed By Thirteen. Their 2016 album Blackwater received a wide range of complimentary accolades from The Guardian, Evening Standard, London Jazz News and various other influential critics. Affinity is a whole new proposition, generating an emphatic, melodic sound and lyrical flow in celebration of the Double Bass. Building on the work done by other great bass band leaders like Dave Holland, Charles Mingus and Drew Gress. Followed By Thirteen is an ensemble of musicians at the top of their game and who deeply respect each others individual merits and sensitively represent each part.

Reviewers of the band’s previous album wrote:

“a highly thoughtful and skilfully executed jazz album” Stephen Graham, Marlbank.

“This cosmopolitan line-up works superbly well” Bebop Spoken here

“a rewarding listen” Alyn Shipton, BBC, London Jazz.

“bristling with such obvious vitality and ebullience” Adrian Pallant, AP reviews.

Pandemic policies. This information will be updated as things change.

Update: April 2022

  • Face masks: In the Main Hall, on the ground floor, these are recommended at all times, but are optional. Anyone who sits upstairs in the balcony MUST wear a face mask – with NO exceptions (not even those who are exempt). This is to allow people who are clinically vulnerable to have a place to sit where seats are naturally separated, so: (a) to provide a place for people who want to be as distanced as possible from others, and with anyone nearby wearing a mask; (b) as virus particles when airborne are generally heavier than air, this helps to mitigate the risk of transmission from people sitting in the balcony to audience members below.
  • The windows and doors of the venue will be open, allowing fresh air to be constantly moving through. Although we have heating, this might mean that the ambient temperature is a little cooler than some might like, and audience members should dress accordingly.
  • Please, if you can, take a Lateral Flow test before coming to the Arts Centre, and if this is positive, don’t come. These tests aim to pick up anyone who is infectious at the moment of testing, so please take the test as late as possible on the same day before coming to the Arts Centre. If you test positive, a refund or transfer of your ticket to another event can be arranged, if you let us know before the start of the event, by emailing boxoffice@ashburtonarts.org.uk.