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Jakob Bro: Something Spacious in the State of Denmark

The Danish guitarist is pleasantly surprised during his Before & After listening session

Guitarist Jakob Bro (photo: Ryo Mitamura/ECM Records)

Jakob Bro is a bearded, bespectacled 40-year-old Danish guitarist with an easy laugh. His latest recording is Returnings, released last March on ECM and featuring his fellow Dane Palle Mikkelborg on trumpet, Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, and California-born bassist Thomas Morgan. Bro’s previous ECM recording was with the Paul Motian Band (Garden of Eden), and he also performed on the late Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko’s 2009 ECM release Dark Eyes.

Besides the elders Mikkelborg and Stanko, and the ancestor Motian, Bro has also enjoyed affiliations with such peers as guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel; saxophonists Chris Cheek, Mark Turner, and Chris Speed; and pianist David Virelles. His previous recordings Gefion, BalladeeringSidetracked, Beautiful Day, and December Song were all honored with Danish music awards, including three of them for Danish Jazz Album of the Year.

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