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Jacob Young/David Rothenberg/Sidiki Camara: They Say Humans Exist

Read "They Say Humans Exist" reviewed by Geno Thackara

"Is it enough to watch a flower grow?" Jacob Young muses over a slow-drifting cloud of clarinet and light percussion. “Is it enough to just be, to mind our own business?" If that sounds too much like coffeehouse open-mic poetry, the natural spirit behind it is genuine enough, and the vague spoken words only pop up briefly at the bookends of this short-and-sweet free-improv outing. This trio is thinking of big things--the title represents what aliens might say upon first ...

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Jacob Young: On ECM, founding a label and finding the "drama" in the music

Read "Jacob Young: On ECM, founding a label and finding the "drama" in the music" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

There's a lot to be said about musical excellence in versatility when it comes to guitarist Jacob Young. The Norwegian fret-acrobat came to international prominence in the early 2000s, when ECM's Manfred Eicher detected his remarkable chops and subsequently recorded and released Young's debut Evening Falls (2004) for the prestigious German label. Two more sessions followed with 2006's Sideways and Forever Young in 2014—all of which met with great critical acclaim. But even a couple of years before, upon returning ...

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Siril Malmedal Hauge & Jacob Young: Last Things

Read "Last Things" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Personal, thoughtful, starkly minimal and yet sublimely atmospheric--this is the kind of session that's terribly easy to overlook, but if it tried to grab your attention, that would really defeat the purpose. The appeal of Last Things is in its disarming straight-from- the-heart intimacy. Simple but never simplistic, it offers the aural equivalent of late-night relaxation amid soft warm lights. Though Siril Malmedal Hauge croons that there is “no time to lose at all" on the alluring smoky ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jacob Young: Forever Young

Read "Jacob Young: Forever Young" reviewed by John Kelman

While all groups aim for the kind of collective chemistry that can make, for example, five people speak with a single voice, how they get there can vary significantly. In some cases there's instantaneous chemistry; in other cases, it comes from pre-existing relationships amongst various permutations and combinations of its members; in still other instances it is something that simply develops over time. On Forever Young, guitarist Jacob Young leverages both the relationships that have come before amongst the members ...

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Young / Powell / Vespestad: Anthem

Read "Anthem" reviewed by John Kelman

Public perception can often be misleading. Those only familiar with Jacob Young's ECM recordings, including the sublime Evening Falls (2004), inevitably think of him as a painstakingly lyrical guitarist, informed by Jim Hall's economical forward- thinking and penchant for the sound of a warm, organic hollowbody or steely acoustic instrument. But that's only part of the story. Prior to recording for ECM, Young released three albums on Norway's NORCD and Curling Legs labels, positing a closer affiliation to the American ...

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Jacob Young: Sideways

Read "Sideways" reviewed by Martin Gladu

"Everything in nature is reborn within the circle of life, and shines with new brightness, hope and promises." These words, by writer/illustrator Flavia Weedn, find echo in Lillehammer, Norway-born Jacob Young's “Near South End," a spirit-lifting composition featured on Sideways, his second effort for ECM.Cold-water streams start running anew, licking away slick patches of silvery, translucent ice. Damp dead leaves of summer past moisten the earth, and leave in the cool breeze that blows foreheads bare, an odoriferous ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jacob Young: Sideways

Read "Sideways" reviewed by John Kelman

Born of an American father and Norwegian mother, Jacob Young's 2004 ECM debut, Evening Falls, may have introduced him to a more global audience, but he'd already been active on the Norwegian scene for a decade, releasing three albums for smaller independent labels. Still, with a strong quintet that is now back for Sideways, the guitarist seemed to make a quantum leap, with a clearer and more mature musical vision. Young's compositional economy and spare playing have ...


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