Having come from a classically oriented family, pre-19th-century music was a staple in the Jensen household. Given a recorder at age 7, Al Jensen
was often encouraged to play along with his father (on violin), brother (clarinet) and oldest brother (also on violin), jamming to the likes of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, as well as a host of other 18th & 19th century composers. Later, at age 13, he took up an instrument on a more formal basis - the guitar was an easy choice. Around the same period Al became obsessed with electronics and audio equipment; a love which has never abandoned him. Then a life changing experience happened: A local bar band rehearsing in a bedroom gave Al his first exposure to live rock & roll. His father was appalled at the volume but again, Al was hooked because once more, the sum of the sound seemed greater than the instruments involved. He was still 13 years old.
While teaching guitar a few years later, Al began collecting stereo recording equipment. It was all he needed to begin learning the process of overdubbing his own musical recordings. 20 years of playing lead guitar in a smattering of bar bands followed, until the invention of the Karaoke machine. Thousands of Canadian musicians had to get real jobs. After getting married and raising three boys, opportunities to create a personal studio presented themselves and without question he picked up where he left off. Three decades of musical ideas started to come at him like an avalanche.
Allan's first release with Chancellor, 'Guitarmony'
, represents some of his best & more recent guitar instrumentals. We're very pleased to have him on board.