bool(false) Thomas Albaek Jakobsen's Flux: Relationships album review @ All About Jazz

Home » Jazz Articles » Album Review » Thomas Albaek Jakobsen's Flux: Relationships

3

Thomas Albaek Jakobsen's Flux: Relationships

By

Sign in to view read count
Thomas Albaek Jakobsen's Flux: Relationships
The aptly-titled Relationships describes best the debut release of Danish drummer Thomas Albaek Jakobsen's quintet Flux. It is all about the relationships between the musicians, their emphatic interplay, how they inspire each other and the way comprising pieces are weaved together to form a distinctive whole.

Jakobsen's well-crafted compositions have a strong melodic approach but with enough suggestive segments that invite the Flux members to expand and to draw these compositions to more open, poetic ends. The instrumentation that Jakobsen chose for this quintet tends to emphasize a reserved chamber jazz sound, rich with shifting colors and moods.

This cycle of compositions feature Jakobsen's range as a composer, wrapped with a "Prolgue" and "Epilogue" that summarize the essence of his main compositional elements. "Blade-ish" develops in a captivating way as saxophonist Ole Visby, guitarist Michael Møller Porsborg and pianist Johan Aaen interpret the melodic content as one tight unit, while Jakobsen's poignant drumming sketches the musical envelope. "A New Beginning" and "Sunday Morning in Late Winter" have dramatic narratives, its tension is built slowly and both shift between energetic, playful parts to darker, enigmatic segments. The duo of Jakobsen and Visby on clarinet on "Inception" begins with subtle, melodic interaction, gains power and momentum as the two improvise and this heated improvisation stimulate the whole quintet as it returns to the original theme. "Largo" is simply an arresting, cinematic chamber jazz composition. The post-bop compositions "Asjahaa" and "Chicago" are rooted in the American jazz legacy, structured around strong rhythmic elements, accentuated by Jakobsen and bassist Kenneth Dahl Knudsen, but both are characterized with a lighter, less urgent, European spirit.

A promising debut.

Track Listing

Prologue; Blade-ish; A New Beginning; Inception (part I); Largo (part II); Asjahaa; Chicago; Sunday Morning in Late Winter; Epilogue.

Personnel

Ole Visby: tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet; Michael Møller Porsborg: guitar; Johan Aaen: piano; Kenneth Dahl Knudsen: bass; Thomas Albæk Jakobsen: drums.

Album information

Title: Relationships | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Flux Music


Comments

Tags


For the Love of Jazz
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

You Can Help
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

More

Penelope
Billy Marrows and Grande Família
Cadair Idris
Awen Ensemble
DDG19 Big Band
Dani Gurgel

Popular

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.