Wednesday, July 10, 2013
A Name You Should Know: Sunna Gunnlaugs
Gunnalaugs' antecedents come from the line of players like Evans, Jarrett, Stenson, and Pieranunzi, players for whom melody and lyricism, along with the interplay among the trio members, are the keys to the beauty of their music. Her music reaches great depths at times while at others can be incredibly fragile, but at all times it is lovely.
Please get a copy of this CD, "Long Pair Bond" or others from Bandcamp and listen. You are missing out on a great experience if you don't.
Most music people in the U.S. know the names Bjork and Sigurd Ros and may know they are from Iceland. Now impress them with the music of Sunna Gunnlaugs!
Random Notes: My wife and I traveled to Iceland two years ago and we overwhelmed by its natural beauty, so much so that we are returning this year to see more of this fabulous country. While I was there I found that Iceland has a heck of a jazz scene and picked up many wonderful CDs by artists who need a higher profile both in Europe and the United States. Names like pianist Gunnar Gunnarsson, pianist Agnar Mar Magnusson, bassist Tomas Einarsson, pianist Arni Karlsson, the K Trio, and saxophonist Sigurdur Flosason all have wonderful CDs worth seeking out. Labels like Dimma and Edda seem to carry most of these artists. Magnusson has one CD with Ben Street on bass and Bill Stewart on drums called "Kvika" on Dimma. Someday I will write a post about Icelandic jazz, perhaps when I return this summer from there again possibly with more music.
Second note, I posted about Scott McLemore's last CD from 2012 on October 10th, and included it in my best of 2012 list. It features Gunnlaugs on piano as well.