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Jakob Bro/Thomas Knak: Bro/Knak

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This innovative two-CD set involves two separate versions of the same set of tunes: one CD realized by Danish guitarist-composer Jakob Bro, a former member of Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band, the second CD containing rebuilds of those same tunes by Danish electronic musician-producer Thomas Knak, who also works under the name Opiate. Bro’s recordings utilize a number of all-star colleagues, including fellow guitarist and kindred spirit Bill Frisell, who joins Bro and bassist Thomas Morgan on a lovely trio rendition of “Roots” and appears with them and the Royal Danish Chapel Choir on the hauntingly beautiful “Northern Blues Variation No. II.” Pianist Paul Bley is featured in the unaccompanied 16-minute “Roots Piano Variation,” while Kenny Wheeler is showcased playing flugelhorn on the gorgeous “Color Sample.” Bro joins Morgan and drummer Jeff Ballard on the gentle and lyrical “Mild,” and his acoustic guitar and vocals carry the hymn-like “Izu.” The beat-conscious Knak then has his way with each of these tunes in the second CD, concocting radical rebuilds that fit his electronica vision.

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