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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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