Gefion is Danish guitarist Jakob Bros first ECM album as leader, following recordings for the label as sideman with Paul Motian and Tomasz Stanko. Like the work of those masters, Bros balladeering distils a sense of jazz history in its specific and highly personal atmospheres. The open forms of Bros compositions leave plenty of space for his companions drum legend Jon Christensen and creative bassist-of-the-moment Thomas Morgan - to make their statements, interactively and in parallel.
And there is space too for the listeners imagination to follow the flow and the delicate melodic tracery of Bros electric guitar in this thoughtful and poetic album. Gefion was recorded in Oslos Rainbow Studio in November 2013 and produced by Manfred Eicher.
"Here it is Morgan who plays both a lyric center as well as a more insistent -- yet still sparse -- harmonic foil. Listen to the long, quietly unfolding title track for evidence. Add to this Christensen's unhurried, texturally contrasting cymbal work, which never centers but moves behind and in front of "the beat" to underscore the interactions between his partners and extend them with his own sense of lyricism...Gefion is quiet; it never insists. The listeners' attention can be focused on the intersection of sounds and spaces because what emerges in the end is remarkable for all of its deliberate restraint." -Thom Jurek, allmusic.com
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Jakob Bro, guitar
Thomas Morgan, double bass
Jon Christensen, drums
3. And They All Came Marching Out of the Woods
3. Airport Poem
Recorded November 2013