Last Things Jacob Young & Siril Malmedal Hauge
- 1Bounce with Me03:39
- 2I Will03:56
- 3Little Wing02:53
- 5Last Things03:48
- 6Deep River05:19
- 7So in Love04:08
- 8No Moon at All02:58
- 9Lilac Wine04:51
- 10Ballad of the Sad Young Men (96kHz)05:30
Info for Last Things
This stand-out, intimate jazz-duo recording features the haunting vocals of Siril Malmedal Hauge - a 25 year old sensation from the small island, Sula, on the Norwegian North-West peninsula. And the guitar artistry of Jacob Young, internationally known and critically acclaimed for his work with his groups on three releases for ECM Records.
If you like Melody Gardot, Eva Cassidy, Ella Fitzgerald or Chet Baker - chances are you will dig this too.
"Last Things" is an album with a mix of original songs, covers and standards - all from different popular music areas and different times in music history. Songs from genres as diverse as the epic 1970´s rock ballad “Little Wing" - a cover of Jimi Hendrix´tune - to the Cole Porter masterpiece "So In Love" from the 1950´musical "Kiss me Kate”.
Two original song written by Jacob Young “Bounce With Me” and the title track of the album "Last Things" - a song that features Jacob Young`s voice in duet with Siril Malmedal Hauge, as well as multiple acoustic and electric guitars. On a curious note; this marks his debut as a singer on any recording.
The production of the album is sober and transparent, showcasing the strenght of Siril’s phrasing and delivery of intertextual meaning - or storytelling.
The songs are centered around the lyrical arrangements of Jacob Young’s guitarwork. He is not afraid of using multiple layers and textures to elevate certain moments in the arrangements. Siril Malmedal Hauge’s sensual voice floats on top and in-between the musical lines of the songs. The duo impresses both as interpreters and improvisers.
This is the third album from the local Oslo label, Oslo Session Recordings - once again they present us with something different - a jazzalbum that also pop music lovers can embrace.
Jacob Young, guitar
Siril Malmedal Hauge, vocals
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, Sidiki Camara, Bugge Wesseltoft, Karin Krog, Trygve Seim, The Source, Manu Katche, Allessandro Galati and the jazz/rock trio Interstatic co-led with Roy Powell and Jarle Vespestad.
In 2017 he started the local, modern jazz music label , Oslo Session Recordings, in collaboration with old friends. The label focuses on releases in the 180 grams Vinyl format - in limited editions - as a free venue for Jacob's sideman projects outside the ECM basis. The first release "The Maze" featured an all-star group consisting of a mix of new and old collaborators. Mike Mainieri, the legendary founder of Steps Ahead on vibes, Paolo Vinaccia on drums, Mats Eilertsen on bass and Bendik Hofseth on saxophone.
The label's second release "Rathkes gate 12:21:58" came out in Norway in August 2017 and features a trio with Jacob Young, Paolo Vinaccia & Bendik Hofseth and features original music by all three musicians.
Jacob has also started a new duo with talented Norwegian singer Siril Malmedal Hauge. Together they are working on material for a recording with both standards from the pop and jazz world, as well as originals.
Siril Malmedal Hauge
is a Norwegian vocalist, instrumentalist, composer and lyricist. Raised on the island of Sula, on the Norwegian North-West coast surrounded by high mountains and beautiful fjords, now living in Oslo.
She is a requested and versatile vocalist, active in a number of projects and constellations on the Norwegian stage as both vocalist and instrumentalist. She has strong roots in the jazz tradition, with a strength of phrasing and delivering intertextual meaning and storytelling. Known for her ability to adapt to the instrumentalist phrases just as well as a mediator of words and melody.
This album contains no booklet.