Recorded December 2002.
Any guitarist signing up to Manfred Eicher's ECM label is in good company; over the past 30 or so years, the label has done much to redefine the role of the instrument in contemporary jazz by providing a home to players as diverse as Pat Metheny, Terje Rypdal, Bill Frisell and even Derek Bailey. Jacob Young is yet another prodigiously talented player from the Nordic jazz gene pool, here making his debut for the label... The guitarist gives us melancholic, tasteful chamber jazz, immaculately produced and played...Beautiful stuff. - Peter Marsh, BBC i Music
The Norwegian guitarist’s debut for ECM cements the favourable impression he has made in the company of artists like Karin Krog and Trygve Seim ... The music is all composed by the guitarist, with the exception of one cut co-written with veteran drummer Jon Christensen, whose trademark work behind the kit underpins the spacious ensemble feel of the music. As would expected from this line-up, the music has a strong Nordic feel, particularly in the composer’s lyrical melody lines and the haunting sonorities of Eick’s plangent trumpet and Johansen’s bass clarinet. - Kenny Mathieson, Jazzwise