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Jacob Young

Born in Lillehammer in 1970, Young was introduced to jazz by his American father. At the age of 12 he took up the guitar and was, initially, self-taught on the instrument. After studying music at the University of Oslo, he received a scholarship to the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan. His years there were devoted to learning the standard jazz repertoire as a starting point for a broader understanding of improvised harmonic music. Young’s principal teacher was the great guitarist Jim Hall, Jacob’s warm, glowing, rounded tone acknowledges the influence, with whom he studied both privately and in ensemble settings

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Two Poetic Duos

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Siril Malmedal Hauge and Jacob Young Chasing Sunsets Oslo Session Recordings 2020 Siril Malmedal Hauge and Jacob Young are no strangers to finding beauty in simplicity. They made a sleeper highlight of 2018 when they first teamed up for Last Things (Oslo Session Recordings), and their second outing offers more of ...

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A Musical Tryptich: Between Jazz, Folklore And Song

Read "A Musical Tryptich: Between Jazz, Folklore And Song" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

The three albums below come from international European groups (among them one with a substantial Asian infusion) who recognize no boundaries in music nor borders between nations. Taking a variety of musical idioms and traditions and turning them into something new, each musician here is inspired by the lack of musical limitations that allows them to ...

They Say Humans Exist

Label: Oslo Session Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Supernatural Roadtrip; They Say Humans Exist; Thank you My People/Kaou Barikada; Tactile Memory; Cakkubg Oeioke to the Music/Ayou Wele; The North/Koron Fe; Out of a Dream; Soundtrack Lost; Blood Horizon.

Wilderness

Label: Oslo Session Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Wait; Wilderness; Trees of Siberia; Yellowstone; Psalm Recycled; Gaia; Flow; Spare.

Almost Alone Vol 1

Label: Samo Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Miss Sarcasm; Nightmare; Crooswijk; Awkwardly Placed; Coalition of the Mistaken; Looking Back; Seagulls in Maine; Seven Cats; Not Too Late, Not Too Soon; Monked; Northern Wind.

Chasing Sunsets

Label: Oslo Session Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Chasing Sunsets; The Lovesong; Nobody Else But Me; Wake Up; High Alert; How Can I Advise You; I Say a Little Prayer; The Ceiling; Someone to Watch Over Me; Time; My Ideal; You Are So Beautiful.

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Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Geno Thackara

However strange the year has gotten, the urge to create clearly hasn't lessened at all--either that or the circumstances have left us more appreciative of art where we find it. Most likely it's some of both. Whatever the case may be, 2020 has still seen no shortage of musical treats good for the soul.

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Friedrich Kunzmann's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Friedrich Kunzmann's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Coronavirus, lockdown, election recount, fake news, inspector Javert, Hans Gruber and Lord Voldemort. So, now that most of the uncomfortable topics are dealt with, let's get to the joyful part of 2020, namely the music. As is increasingly the case during the course of the 21st century, the year was filled to the brim with it. ...

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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 ...


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