Jakob Bro (with Bill Frisell): Sound Flower
Jakob Bro (guitar)
The Stars Are All New Songs, Vol. 1 (Loveland Records 008)
Composed by Jakob Bro.
Recorded: New York, September, 2007
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
It's a mystery to me why this song isn't available in your local record store. Nor will you find it at Amazon or the other web music retailers. Even CD Baby has apparently thrown it out with the bathwater. Copenhagen-based Bro has put together a stellar band for this date, but they must be confiscating the CDs at the border. Or perhaps customs agents are bringing these disks home for their private enjoyment. Yet even fans who haven't heard of guitarist Bro may want this CD if only for the sidemen -- some of the other tracks on The Stars Are All New Songs feature Kurt Rosenwinkel and Mark Turner, and rhythm sections don't get much better than the one assembled here. You owe it to yourself to make Mr. Bro's acquaintance too. This CD opener is a compelling example of atmospheric jazz, with strong contributions from Frisell, Motian and company. Bro has crafted a floating rubato performance with great sensitivity to silence and space. Take my word for it, you won't be able to find a copy within a thousand miles of your home. Write your congressman and get the Bro embargo lifted.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia