Jacobsen's most overt stylistic influence is Coltrane, yet he stands apart
from the usual crowd of Traneites: he's a self-taught player and seems
to have absorbed Coltrane's music in a very individual way, taking a special
interest in his early work on Prestige; there's no trace in his playing
of the macho posturing and self-absorbed virtuosity of so many Trane acolytes.
He has little of Trane's drivenness, and instead plays always as if he's
holding back a little, outlining the shape of a phrase with care rather
than cutting it short or compressing it in order to rush to the next."
Cadence Magazine, USA
"We really love the tenor on this set from drummer Francesco
Pennetta ["Pulse", Four CD CO404] – a bold, soulful horn
blown by Martin Jacobsen with a tone that's right on the money, and a
gentle swing that works perfectly for the album's mix of old school modes!"
Dusty Groove, USA
"By his astute choice of album titles ["Current State", SteepleChase
SCCD 31548] Jacobsen seems well aware of what makes jazz a vital music.
It's the constant sense of growth and discovery, taking the old and making
it new. His own tunes, the hard swinging "Backwater" and the title track,
show him to be a composer of promise."
All About Jazz, USA
"Jacobsenís tenor sax rips and rolls as he pumps out the phrases,
making conversation with the grammatical precision of a writer. The quotations,
commas, and semi-colons of the composition are all there to be heard.
His love of the instrument is visible in an ability to make complicated
compositions simple, remarkable for a musician who began playing sax at
the relatively late age of 18, and who is, for the most part, self-taught."
The Daily Star, UK
"Martin Jacobsen, Danish saxophone star with a rich and smooth sound,
well confirmed in the Coltrane tradition. Doug Raney, American guitarist
launched by the Chet Baker Trio, the excellent descendant of the highly
distinguished Jimmy Raney. Two acclaimed musicians both evolving in an
aesthetic of their own which are not necessarily similar. The result,
performed with a quartet de luxe, has chances to surprise many
Sanborn's] solo was concisely punctuated by the stabbing horn section
of Martin Jacobson (tenor), Nicolas Gardel (trumpet) and Lionel Segui
(trombone). These guys were having a ball volleying head after head and
doing the do!
[Sanborn's] solo on King Curtis's "Soul Serenade" (beautifully
started by Jacobsen's languid horn) gave us anything his predecessors
could muster and more."
Blues & Soul Music Magazine, UK
"Current State" presents a well-knit and well-sounding quartet.
The leader plays with imagination and authority, and a bright yet warm
sound on his tenor sax. A real good CD! Recommended!"
Jazz Special, Denmark