Jakob Bro
Uma Elmo
ECM, 2021

February 15, 2021

Uma Elmo (Gleam) is Jakob Bro’s fifth album for ECM.

Uma Elmo is the new record featuring the Danish guitarist Jakob Bro and his new trio completed by Arve Henriksen (Norwegian) on trumpet and Jorge Rossy (Spanish) on drums. The album is built on the stylistic coordinates that Bro had already expressed in his previous works: calm, reflective music, rich in space and silence, which – apparently immobile – envelops the listener with grace and delicacy.

 

 

The initial “Reconstructing A Dream” is emblematic of the entire album: the guitar plays free arpeggios, the drums underlines without really playing on time, the trumpet exhibits melancholy and sometimes heartbreaking melodies. “To Stanko” is dedicated to the Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, who passed away in 2018 and had participated in the Bro’s Dark Eyes album: a delicate arpeggio from the leader supports the melody of the trumpet, evocative and moving.

“Beautiful Day” is a long dialogue of drums and trumpet, enriched by the electronic sounds of the leader while “Morning Song” is introduced by the languid harmonics of the guitar. “Sound Flower” is also very delicate while “Slaraffenland”, melancholy and moderate, is “colored” by the long delays used by Bro.

Uma Elmo is a particularly intriguing record: in a convulsive world that makes speed one of the priorities it proposes a slow vision, almost motionless and without rhythm, which develops other parameters in depth (the balance of pauses and silences, the interplay of instruments , the beautiful sounds).
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