From the opening track, Jacobsen grabs the ear with his clarion tone, honed to a clean edge, and the striking fluidity of not only his technique but also his ideas. You’ll hear the influence of John Coltrane, which he has never denied, whenever he opens up his upper-middle register; or in the scalar runs that proliferate on Headway, or the sheets of sound on West Coast Blues; or the aching ballad work on Nightfall.

Neil Tesser

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