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Jakob Bro: Returnings (ECM)

If Danish guitarist Jakob Bro needed a good reason to further explore some of the music he’s recorded in recent years while also breaking new ground, he clearly found it here, collaborating with trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg, bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Jon Christensen in an intimate, fluidly interactive session. Not surprisingly, given Mikkelborg’s stellar contributions, … Read More “Jakob Bro: Returnings (ECM)”

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Jakob Bro: Streams

Guitarist-composer Jakob Bro’s 2015 ECM release, Gefion, was one of the year’s most effective sonic explorations. While not as commanding as that recording in its mood-altering impact, Bro’s ECM follow-up, Streams, nevertheless finds him continuing to expand the textural possibilities of his instrument, with empathetic collaboration from drummer Joey Baron and Gefion bassist Thomas Morgan. … Read More “Jakob Bro: Streams”

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Jakob Bro: Gefion

The 37-year-old Danish guitarist and composer Jakob Bro, whose sideman credits include drummer Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band and Tomasz Stanko’s Dark Eyes Quintet, deals almost exclusively with the sort of twinkling, reflective, melancholic music that descends ultimately from midcentury chamber jazz and directly from Motian’s trio with guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Joe Lovano. … Read More “Jakob Bro: Gefion”

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Jakob Bro: December Song

December Song is the final installment of a remarkable trilogy that began with Balladeering in 2009 and continued with Time in 2011. Jakob Bro is a visionary Danish guitarist with unerring taste in sidemen. For all three albums he chose Lee Konitz and Bill Frisell. December Song also has pianist Craig Taborn and bassist Thomas … Read More “Jakob Bro: December Song”

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Jakob Bro/Thomas Knak: Bro/Knak

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 … Read More “Jakob Bro/Thomas Knak: Bro/Knak”

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