Bay Of Rainbows
Danish guitarist Jakob Bro's trio with two kindred-spirit Americans, bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Joey Baron, follows its 2016 album Streams with an album (in both CD and LP formats) recorded live in New York City over two nights at the Jazz Standard.
Bay of Rainbows rolls on waves of contemplative emotion, with a gradually enveloping lyricism the lodestar. The three musicians explore five pieces from the guitarist's catalogue, including "Copenhagen" a favourite reprised from Gefion, Bro's 2015 ECM album with Morgan and drummer Jon Christensen. Bookending the new recording are two versions of the richly melodic "Mild," the abstracted second rendering illustrative of Bro and company's ability to push and pull the music into mesmerizing new shapes, onstage and in the moment.
The 40-year-old Bro - whose initial ECM appearances were on Paul Motian's Garden of Eden and Tomasz Stanko's Dark Eyes - released his third studio album on the label as a leader in the spring of 2018: Returnings, which featured the guitarist in league with Morgan, Christensen and trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg. In its review of that disc, DownBeat praised Bro for creating "sound paintings of depth, warmth and beauty". These words apply just as well to Bay of Rainbows, along with an added degree of spontaneous dynamism - as Bro's partnership with Morgan and Baron has only deepened after five years of touring far and wide.Personnel: Jakob Bro (guitar), Thomas Morgan (double bass), Joey Baron (drums)
- Red Hook
- Evening Song
- Mild (var.)
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