Jakob Dinesen: Come Sunday
Jakob Dinesen (tenor saxophone)
Dino (Stunt 8212)
Composed by Duke Ellington.
Recorded: Avatar Studios, NYC, September 25, 2008
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
Jakob Dinesen is one of Denmark’s shining young jazz stars, a tenor saxophonist with a playful, bouncy style that balances hard-swinging, quick rhythmic twists a la Joe Henderson and ever-unfolding, classical-leaning passages a la Joe Lovano. On Dino, Dinesen returns to the studio with Anders Christensen and Paul Motian, the same rhythm section he used on his previous Around (1999). While Around also featured guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, this new release is strictly a trio outing, and may indeed overtake Around as his career best. While there are many fine Dinesen compositions throughout, the disc’s opening nod to Ellington is a highlight. The unhurried, loping style of jazz heard here can really only be pulled off with Paul Motian at the helm. I imagine Motian sitting there behind his drums, unassumingly yet certainly aware that his pulsating twists and turns, instinctively placed both in and out of time, freed Dinesen as never before to play so comfortably and sound so good.
Reviewer: Eric Novod