Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

12

Jakob Bro: Streams

Mark Sullivan By

Sign in to view read count
Danish guitarist Jakob Bro's second ECM album as leader continues with the trio concept of his debut Gefion (ECM, 2015). That album was a low-key stunner, with drummer Jon Christensen frequently taking a role as much textural as rhythmic. Streams is a somewhat more extroverted affair. It's tempting to attribute the change to new drummer Joey Baron—who has proven himself to be a very adaptable musical partner—but credit must also be given to Bro's evolving interaction with bassist Thomas Morgan, as well as the compositions.

"Opal" begins the program with a sparse, open feel, Bro's reverberant guitar underpinned by light percussion and bass. In contrast, "Heroines" is a gentle waltz. The trio plays it with a light touch, but the waltz rhythm is never abandoned, until the glorious wash of sound that ends the track: proof that they can play in time while still playing freely. The tune also works beautifully in the brief solo guitar version.

"PM Dream" is a collective improvisation dedicated to the late drummer Paul Motian. Bro made his ECM debut on the Paul Motian Band's Garden of Eden (ECM, 2006). The piece begins with a hazy, atmospheric guitar loop, then Baron does Motian's memory proud with an understated, unorthodox yet propulsive drum part— add some conversational bass and a guitar melody, and the result fits right in with Bro's compositions. "Full Moon Europa" employs a similar arrangement, but builds to a climax with the highest energy drumming in the set. "Shell Pink" really demonstrates the remarkable rapport between Bro and Morgan (Bro calls him "my musical soul mate"), with guitar and bass sounding as if they are soloing simultaneously throughout.

This is a very special trio. Bro says "I enjoy setting up moods and textures for us to work on, and to explore together, but I don't insist on any specific directions...For me this is the most exciting aspect of the project...new things are happening in the music all the time." Here's hoping for more surprises in the future.

Track Listing: Opal; Heroines; PM Dream; Full Moon Europa; Shell Pink; Heroines (variation); Sisimiut.

Personnel: Jakob Bro: guitar; Thomas Morgan: double bass; Joey Baron: drums.

Title: Streams | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: ECM Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Extended Analysis
Profiles
Extended Analysis
CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
Profiles
CD/LP/Track Review
  • Time by AAJ Italy Staff
Read more articles
Returnings

Returnings

ECM Records
2018

buy
Bay of Rainbows

Bay of Rainbows

ECM Records
2018

buy
Streams

Streams

ECM Records
2016

buy
Hymnotic/Salmodisk

Hymnotic/Salmodisk

Loveland Records
2015

buy
Gefion

Gefion

ECM Records
2015

buy
Jakob Bro: December Song

Jakob Bro: December...

Loveland Records
2013

buy
Date Detail Price
Feb15Fri
19:00
Thomas Morgan, Joey Baron, Jakob Bro
Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho
London, UK

Related Articles

Read Runner in the Rain CD/LP/Track Review
Runner in the Rain
by Troy Dostert
Published: December 15, 2018
Read Cuarteto Europa CD/LP/Track Review
Cuarteto Europa
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 15, 2018
Read Chicago/Buenos Aires Connections CD/LP/Track Review
Chicago/Buenos Aires Connections
by Chris Mosey
Published: December 15, 2018
Read Beggar’s Banquet 50th Anniversary Edition CD/LP/Track Review
Beggar’s Banquet 50th Anniversary Edition
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: December 15, 2018
Read Intelsat CD/LP/Track Review
Intelsat
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 15, 2018
Read World Gardens CD/LP/Track Review
World Gardens
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: December 14, 2018
Read "Angel Band: Free Country Vol. 3" CD/LP/Track Review Angel Band: Free Country Vol. 3
by Peter Hoetjes
Published: December 9, 2018
Read "Man No Longer Me" CD/LP/Track Review Man No Longer Me
by Matt Hooke
Published: December 25, 2017
Read "Toot Suite" CD/LP/Track Review Toot Suite
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: February 23, 2018
Read "The Groove Hunter" CD/LP/Track Review The Groove Hunter
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 24, 2018
Read "The Chopin Project" CD/LP/Track Review The Chopin Project
by Jerome Wilson
Published: July 13, 2018
Read "Cut The Dead Some Slack" CD/LP/Track Review Cut The Dead Some Slack
by Doug Collette
Published: March 25, 2018