Forever Young (CD)


Jacob Young

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Amoeba Review

06/13/2014

On his third release for ECM, the Norwegian guitarist leads a quintet of musicians rounded out by his old friend, saxophonist Trygve Seim, and the Marcin Wasilewski trio, a group of Polish players whose understated interplay between bass, piano, and drums is decidedly experimental while always remaining melodic, emotive, and relatively gentle. As a group, they produce a soft but not smooth and occasionally melancholic chamber jazz in a very ECM style. The ensemble can count themselves lucky to have ECM founder Manfred Eicher manning the boards on this release; it sounds stunning in its clarity and while Young's deft playing stands out, it's not mixed unreasonably high or given undue space. This is, after all, the music of a group, no matter whose name gets top billing. Young and Seim often come together in exquisite syncopation, embarking on snaking, dancing melodies like ribbons caught on the wind, ever so often propelling themselves off the peaks of the Wasilewski group's shuffling, tumbling rhythm section, experimental but always in time, providing a ground when it's needed and spreading out when there's room. Despite the tightness of the compositions, the players all improvise and it seems they have fun doing it, crafting lilting, swinging experiences out of the song structures variously owing themselves to the ECM of the '70s and Brazillian jazz.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
I Lost My Heart To You
Jacob Young
2.
There's A Gate
Jacob Young
3.
Bounce
Jacob Young
4.
We Were Dancing
Jacob Young
5.
Sofia's Dance
Jacob Young
6.
Comeback Girl
Jacob Young
7.
1970
Jacob Young
8.
Beauty
Jacob Young
9.
Time Changes
Jacob Young
10.
My Brother
Jacob Young

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