Astonishingly, given the trio's musical synergy, the first time these three musicians ever performed together was for the album's sessions at the Swiss Radio studio in Lugano, with ECM founder Manfred Eicher producing.
Uma Elmo reaffirms the observation about Bro's work by London Jazz News that "there is no hurry to this music, but there is great depth." Among the album's highlights is opener "Reconstructing a Dream," a darkly lyrical reverie. "To Stanko" is Bro's hushed tribute to the late, great Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, who featured the guitarist in his quintet for the ECM album Dark Eyes. Another homage to a late elder is "Music for Black Pigeons," which was given its evocative title by saxophone sage Lee Konitz.
Listeners will recognize Henriksen's whispering, poetic sound from his 2008 ECM album Cartography, as well as his collaborations for the label with Trio Mediaeval and Tigran Hamasyan. Rossy is well known to jazz fans on both sides of the Atlantic, particularly for his decade-plus tenure in Brad Mehldau's career-making first trio.
As for the leader, DownBeat aptly noted in its review of his previous ECM album, Bay of Rainbows, that "Bro's guitar is luminous... his music both hypnotic and dramatic."
Jakob Bro: guitar
Arve Henriksen: trumpet, piccolo trumpet
Jorge Rossy: drums
"If you fancy letting heart and soul roam in an hour or so of intensely thoughtful, beautifully voiced and poetically compelling music, don't hesitate: here be the magic." - **** Jazz Journal
"9 tracks in all, including 2 startlingly affecting takes of the atmospheric "Morning Song", the more offbeat kinetic ruminations of "Housework", the poise and quiet beauty of "Beautiful Day" and the gorgeously poetic "Sound Flower", all grace this captivating album." - **** UK Vibe
"The music is gentle, atmospheric, lyrical and ultimately very beautiful." - LondonJazzNews
"The pieces on this album are tone poems, more abstract than Bro's usual creations. Each one floats in its own pool of texture, subtle in effect and gradual in momentum, but employing a surprisingly wide dynamic and emotional range. Exquisite but never effete, they invite the musicians to explore their individual instrumental vocabularies as part of a collective creation... Highly recommended" - The Blue Moment
"Uma Elmo may read as an ethereal work but is fiercely committed to every single note and space - and what it leaves to the imagination." - Jazzwise
- Reconstructing A Dream
- To Stanko
- Beautiful Day
- Music For Black Pigeons
- Sound Flower
- Morning Song (var.)
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