Jacob Young

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Jacob Young


Jacob Young is a guitarist, bandleader, improviser and jazz composer whose sensibilities have been shaped both by the American jazz tradition as well as improvised music from Norway.

 

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Jacob Young


Jacob Young is a guitarist, bandleader, improviser and jazz composer whose sensibilities have been shaped both by the American jazz tradition as well as improvised music from Norway.

 

The Musician


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The Musician


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Born in Lillehammer in 1970, Young was introduced to jazz by his American father.  At the age of 12 he took up the guitar and was, initially, self-taught on the instrument. After studying music at the University of Oslo, he received a scholarship to the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan. His years there were devoted to learning the standard jazz repertoire as a starting point for a broader understanding of improvised harmonic music. Young’s principal teacher was the great guitarist Jim Hall, Jacob’s warm, glowing, rounded tone acknowledges the influence, with whom he studied both privately and in ensemble settings.  He also took lessons with John Abercrombie, who later praised his “great playing in and out of the tradition”, and studied jazz composition with Richie Beirach, Bob Belden and Ken Werner. After attaining his degree in 1993, Young freelanced around New York for two years playing with, amongst others, Rashied Ali,  Marc Copeland, Arnie Lawrence, Junior Mance and Larry Goldings.

His recording debut as a leader came in 1994 with this stellar group of talented young musicians; Nils Petter Molvær, Larry Goldings, Bendik Hofseth, Terje Gewelt and Per Oddvar Johansen. He starter to play festivals and small tours in Norway.

After returning from New York City to live in Oslo, Norway in 1996 he formed a quintet with Trygve Seim, Vigleik Storaas, Mats Eilertsen and Per Oddvar Johansen and recorded his second album “Pieces of Time” for the Curling Legs label. 

Around this time legendary Norwegian jazz singer Karin Krog contacted Jacob after hearing him play on the radio. The two started a collaboration together, which includes the John Surman produced album “Where Flamingos Fly” from 2001 and regular touring all over the world for several years as a duo. In 2002 he was booked by the Kongsberg Jazzfestival with a quintet to do a concert with original material, this was the start of the Jacob Young Group, his main focus to this day.

Jacob has played guitar as a sideman on and off with artists such as Bendik Hofseth, Jan Erik Vold, Knut Riisnæs, Ivan Mazuze, Sidiki Camara, Bugge Wesseltoft, Trygve Seim, The Source, Manu Katche, Allesandro Galati and the jazz/rock trio Interstatic co-led with Roy Powell and Jarle Vespestad.

 

The Band


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The Band


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After releasing three albums on local labels he gained attention as a jazzguitarist and as a composer of modern melodic and lyrical jazzmusic. Eventually this musics reputation expanded, and in 2002 it reached Manfred Eicher and ECM records. He became interested in recording Jacobs original music in a quintet setting with guitar trio and two horns. Jacob formed his new group with trumpeter Mathias Eick, bass clarinet sax player Vidar Johansen, bassist Mats Eilertsen and master drummer Jon Christensen. Together they recorded “Evening Falls” for ECM and Jacob was launched as an international jazz artist in 2004. Concerts in Europe and Asia followed and another quintet album for ECM titled “Sideways” was released in 2008. This album also gained worldwide attention and confirmed his standing as a talent to watch. Both domestic and International reviews where enthusiastic.  

In 2013 he formed a new group with Polish musicians; Marcin Wasilewski, Slawomir Kurkiewicz, Michal Meskiewicz and Norwegian sax player Trygve Seim. They recorded Jacob´s third album for Manfred Eicher´s ECM the critically acclaimed “Forever Young” released in 2014. Tours in the US and Europe followed.
  

Discography


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Discography


Some crisp and innovative jazz from Norway, inevitably from the ECM label, Forever Young showcases the tasteful work of guitarist Jacob Young and members of the Marcin Wasilewski Trio, a piano/bass/drums assemblage that seems particularly fine-tuned. Healthy, good stuff that evokes jazz traditions but meticulously looks forward at every turn. While a redundancy for ECM discs, this set seems especially well-recorded. Highly recommended. Rollingstone.com

Some crisp and innovative jazz from Norway, inevitably from the ECM label, Forever Young showcases the tasteful work of guitarist Jacob Young and members of the Marcin Wasilewski Trio, a piano/bass/drums assemblage that seems particularly fine-tuned. Healthy, good stuff that evokes jazz traditions but meticulously looks forward at every turn. While a redundancy for ECM discs, this set seems especially well-recorded. Highly recommended. Rollingstone.com


The enigmatically beautiful Sideways is the second ECM release from Norwegian/American guitarist and composer Jacob Young, coming four years after Evening Falls (ECM, 2004). All About Jazz Buy

The enigmatically beautiful Sideways is the second ECM release from Norwegian/American guitarist and composer Jacob Young, coming four years after Evening Falls (ECM, 2004). All About Jazz

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While guitarist Jacob Young has been on the Norwegian circuit for ten years, releasing three albums under his own name as well as a beautiful duet record with singer Karin Krog, Evening Falls is his first to receive widespread exposure. All About Jazz Buy

While guitarist Jacob Young has been on the Norwegian circuit for ten years, releasing three albums under his own name as well as a beautiful duet record with singer Karin Krog, Evening Falls is his first to receive widespread exposure. All About Jazz

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Where Flamingoes Fly - a duet album with Norways legendary jazz vocalist Karin Krog, produced by John Surman and featuring on a few tracks Arild Andersen on bass. This album resulted in concert and tours all around the world. Released in 2002 on Grappa. Buy

Where Flamingoes Fly - a duet album with Norways legendary jazz vocalist Karin Krog, produced by John Surman and featuring on a few tracks Arild Andersen on bass. This album resulted in concert and tours all around the world. Released in 2002 on Grappa.

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Glow - again Jacob releases new songs in a jazz format, but this time uses the studio as a tool, the musicians that participate on this album is a who is who of Norwgian jazz in the year 2001. His second album for Curling Legs. Musicians; Jarle Vespestad, Trygve Seim , Arve Henriksen, Knut Reiersrud, Bendik Hofseth, Håkon Kornstad, Vigleik Storaas, Christian Wallumrød, Audun Erlien, Mats Eilertsen, Reidar Skår, Øyvind Brække. Buy

Glow - again Jacob releases new songs in a jazz format, but this time uses the studio as a tool, the musicians that participate on this album is a who is who of Norwgian jazz in the year 2001. His second album for Curling Legs. Musicians; Jarle Vespestad, Trygve Seim , Arve Henriksen, Knut Reiersrud, Bendik Hofseth, Håkon Kornstad, Vigleik Storaas, Christian Wallumrød, Audun Erlien, Mats Eilertsen, Reidar Skår, Øyvind Brække.

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Pieces of Time  - Jacobs first working band and his second release. Musicians: Trygve Seim, Mats Eilertsen, Per Oddvar Johansen, Vigleik Storaas, Mathias Svensson. This also includes his solo guitar arrangement of the classic norwegian children’s song “Å, den som var en løvetann”. Released in 1997 on Curling Legs. Buy

Pieces of Time  - Jacobs first working band and his second release. Musicians: Trygve Seim, Mats Eilertsen, Per Oddvar Johansen, Vigleik Storaas, Mathias Svensson. This also includes his solo guitar arrangement of the classic norwegian children’s song “Å, den som var en løvetann”. Released in 1997 on Curling Legs.

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This is You - Jacobs debut album, recorded by Jan Erik Kongshaug in 1994. Released by NORCD. Featuring Nils Petter Molvær, Bendik Hofseth, Larry Goldings, Terje Gewelt, Per Oddvar Johansen). Buy  NB! Soon out of stock!

This is You - Jacobs debut album, recorded by Jan Erik Kongshaug in 1994. Released by NORCD. Featuring Nils Petter Molvær, Bendik Hofseth, Larry Goldings, Terje Gewelt, Per Oddvar Johansen).

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NB! Soon out of stock!

 

With Interstatic

2014 Interstatic "Arise"  trio with Roy Powell and Jarle Vespestad Rarenoise records

2014
Interstatic "Arise" 
trio with Roy Powell and Jarle Vespestad Rarenoise records

2012 Interstatic "Interstatic" trio with Roy Powell and Jarle Vespestad Rarenoise records

2012
Interstatic "Interstatic"
trio with Roy Powell and Jarle Vespestad Rarenoise records

2011 Young / Powell / Vespestad "Anthem" PVY Records Buy

2011
Young / Powell / Vespestad "Anthem"
PVY Records
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Selected Discography As Sideman

2013 Julius Winger "Under Linden"  (Grappa)
2013 The Source of: Summer  (Grappa)
2011 Sandvika Storband "A Novel Approach" med Mathias Eick, Øyvind Brække (Sandvika Storband)
2010 Manu Katché "Third Round"  (ECM)
2010 Alessandro Galati "Unstandards"  (Viavenetojazz)
2008 Magiske Kroker & Hemmeligheter. Sanger av Linn Skåber og Jacob Young (Grappa)
2008 Shockadelica  (C+C Records)
1999 Bendik Hofseth “Smilets historie” (Universal)
2004 Sander "Mellom fjord og fjell"  (Grappa)
1999 Bendik Hofseth “Smilets historie” (Universal)
1998 Kapstad, Vold & Venner "Storytellers"  (Hot Club Records)

Concerts & Shows


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Concerts & Shows


Jacob Young Group

 

Jacob Young as Sideman

Interviews


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Interviews