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Jacob Young : Sideways

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At 38, Lillehammer, Norway’s Jacob Young is set to take on the loose-fitting crown of strum ‘n’ thrum king held throughout jazz history by Jim Hall, Bill Frisell and the Pats (Martino, Metheny) by filling up his melodies’ leaps of imaginary rhythm with grand spacious tone. Like those players, Young’s cool use of atmosphere/ambience is as crucial as the interplay and improvisation between himself, his producer and his team of musical collaborators. Since nobody does wind-and-wood openness like ECM overlord Manfred Eicher, it’s up to six-string slinger Young, Jon Christensen (drums), Mathias Eick (trumpet), Mats Eilertsen (double bass) and Vidar Johansen (bass clarinet, tenor sax) to make or break the moods.

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