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by Friedrich Kunzmann
Guitarist Andrés Thor leaves little to be desired on his new recording Paradox. Featuring an all-star cast of New Yorkers Orlando Le Fleming and Ari Hoenig, as well as Icelandic compatriot Agnar Magnusson, Thor delivers a quiet set of original material which finds a quartet cautiously feeling its way through the changes. The guitar's smooth tone blends into the compositional frames with ease, and the accompanying instruments follow suit. Climactic moments and special tensions aren't born out of ...read more
by Jakob Baekgaard
Even though it is a small country, Iceland has produced many interesting jazz musicians. Among them, pianists Sunna Gunnlaugs and Eythor Gunnarsson, saxophonist Óscar Gudjónsson and bassist Skúli Sverrisson. Add to this list guitarist Andrés Thor. As a musician, Thor has the distinctive lyrical beauty of many of his countrymen, but he is also a cosmopolitan at heart who stretches across geographical boundaries and this is reflected on his album Nordic Quartet. His group includes Danish bassist ...read more