Jacobsen's got a great touch on the tenor here ["Straight Off ",
SteepleChase SCCD 31916]– a style that's light, but crisp at the
same time – almost as if you're hearing an alto in action, but with
a deeper tonal range overall! There's a voice here that's very much his
own, and which will certainly have us paying more attention to Jacobsen
in the future – although right now, we're enjoying this album more
than enough to keep us happy! Some of the best tracks here are Jacobsen's
own compositions, which really emphasize his strengths.
Dusty Groove, USA
Martin 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 a listener!
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