There are many ways to record a jazz album. The most common is for the musicians to gather in the studio and interpret the composer’s work, leaving as big an artistic footprint on the recordings as the composer did. That was how Danish musician and composer Jakob Bro did it on his two last records, Balladering and Time. But his new release is in all aspects different.
With this record, Jakob Bro has taken a tremendous detour in his style, in which his lyrical compositions and guitar took center stage. Like Bro’s record from 2005,Sidetracked, BRO / KNAK is woven together in fragments of sound, making a collage of versatile works of art recorded in collaboration with prestigious musicians from all over the world. The release distinguishes itself from others by containing two versions of the same compositions: In one edition, the maverick Jakob Bro has taken complete control over every detail. In the other version the renowned Danish electronic musician, composer and producer Thomas Knak has taken the same feedstock and shaped it into his own edition. The two musicians have come together in mutual respect for one another’s musical aesthetics in order to create a project that both mirrors and dissolves the familiar genres....