”Danish guitarist Jakob Bro creates magical music, impossible to categorize or capture. The songs on Streams are best described as jewels revolving in mid-air, reflecting and refracting light". - Ken Micallef, DownBeat - 4½ stars
"Ravishing album." - Nate Chinen, New York Times
”This trio is a highly melodic and unpredictably dramatic outfit.” - John Fordham, The Guardian - 5 stars
"The collective does miracles as it distinctively shapes idle, hypnotizing, nocturnal, and intellectual streams of pacific nature.” - JazzTrail
"Bro’s compositions are panoramic, with tones at once sedate and ever shifting. His skillful echo and reverb weave a thrumming surface, upon which the musicians evince a delicate chemistry.” - Matt R. Lohr, JazzTimes
"Streams is a fine slice of contemporary guitar-fronted improvisation.” - Clifford Allen, New York City Jazz Record
“A simply stunning collection from one of the most brilliantly unassuming ensembles operating today.” - Spencer Grady, Jazzwise
”Mournful, beautiful, dark yet luminous music for Beckett fans.” - Cormac Larkin, Irish Times
”An album for eternity.” - Dick Hovenga, Written In Music - 4½ stars
”On 'Streams‘ the watercolor painter among the guitarists has further intensified his art of playing. Just a few speckles are needed to create sound pictures of greatest beauty.” - Karl Gedlicka, Concerto
”Nothing is hurried in this beguiling music full of soul and thoughtfulness, which counts on melody and opens spaces. How Bro’s and Morgan’s lines intertwine here is without comparison – as almost everything on this album that sets its own standard within the current guitar renaissance.” - Ulrich Steinmetzger, Leipziger Volkszeitung
ECM Recording artist Jakob Bro teams with Thomas Morgan and Joey Baron to promote Jakob's latest recording, Streams.
Jakob Bro: guitar
Thomas Morgan: double bass
Joey Baron: drums
On his second leader album for ECM – following on from the prizewinning Gefion -- Danish guitarist Jakob Bro continues to refine his trio project, with its emphases on melody, sound, space, layered textures and interaction. The rapport between Bro and Thomas Morgan (Bro calls him “my musical soul mate”) has become something extraordinary, and often guitarist and bassist develop improvisational ideas in parallel. There’s an historical aptness, too, in the choice of Joey Baron as the band’s new drummer, for Bro first encountered Morgan when the bassist was playing in Baron’s band a decade ago… On Streams Joey Baron dives into the music’s detail with obvious pleasure. This recording features five new Bro pieces: “Opal”, “Full Moon Europa”, “Shell Pink”, “Sisimiut” and “Heroines” (heard in both a trio version and a particularly lovely solo version). Completing the album’s repertoire is the freely improvised “PM Dream”, dedicated to the late Paul Motian. Jakob’s approach to melody acknowledges the influence of Motian, and both Bro and Morgan played in the late drummer’s ensembles . Recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the South of France in November 2015 and produced by Manfred Eicher, Streams is issued on the eve of a major tour by the Bro-Morgan-Baron trio with dates in Denmark, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Ukraine and South Korea.