With Uma Elmo, his fifth album as a leader for ECM, Danish guitarist Jakob Bro presents a new trio featuring Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen and Spanish drummer Jorge Rossy. 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."
With Uma Elmo, his fifth album as a leader for ECM, Danish guitarist-composer Jakob Bro presents a new trio featuring Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen and Spanish drummer Jorge Rossy. 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 Manfred Eicher producing. Among the album's highlights is the opening "Reconstructing a Dream", a darkly lyrical reverie which underlines an observation about Bro's work by London Jazz News: "there is no hurry to this music, but there is great depth."
London JazzNews - Tony Dudley-Evans writes......This is the fifth album that Danish guitarist Jakob Bro has recorded for ECM, and it brings together a new trio with Arve Henriksen on trumpet and Jorge Rossy on drums. Recorded in August and September 2020 at Auditorio Stelio Molo in the studios of Italian Swiss Radio in Lugano, it was the very first time the three had played together.
The album's title combines the middle names of Bro's two children, his son Oswald Elmo and his daughter Dagny Uma (H/T Dan Ouellette). The album's mood is created immediately on the first track Reconstructing A Dream on which Henriksen takes the lead and creates what the sleeve notes accurately describe as ‘a darkly lyrical reverie' which is accompanied by quietly supportive moves by Bro and Rossy. Bro and Henriksen do seem to be natural partners, both known for a gentler, more contemplative approach to music. Rossy also fits in extremely well, and is happy to play this supportive role bringing cohesion with his subtle dynamics.
Overall, there are eight compositions on the CD with two versions of one of them, Morning Song. The music is gentle, atmospheric, lyrical and ultimately very beautiful; my only reservation would be that the mood of gentle reflection does not vary at all on the nine tracks.
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