The Danish guitarist Jakob Bro has been praised for years for his richly layered playing and spatial sound. And it’s not just audiences who love his work: jazz greats like Paul Bley, Bill Frisell, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Tomasz Stańko and Kenny Wheeler have all expressed their appreciation.
“Danish guitarist Jakob Bro creates magical music, impossible to categorize” – Downbeat
The legendary ECM was also enthusiastic about his talent from the outset. Bro recorded his first album for that label – Garden of Eden – in 2006, as a member of Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band. Three years later, he went down a storm on Dark Eyes with Tomasz Stanko’s trans-European quintet. 2015 was Bro’s debut year as a band leader. Gefion, recorded with the bassist Thomas Morgan and the legendary Jon Christensen on the drums, met with warm reviews. The following album, Streams – with Joey Baron (John Zorn) on the skins – put a nice emphasis on melody, layered textures and witty interaction.
And then it all came together
2018 was the year when it all came together. First the Danish wonder boy released Returnings, a magnificent album with Morgan, Christensen and the trumpet player Palle Mikkelsen. Then came Bay of Rainbows, a recording of two live sets at The Jazz Standard. Next the trio with Morgan and Baron proved the level of finesse it can attain. Add the versatile saxophonist Max Turner for the concert at BRAND! and you know there is magic on the way.