Home » Jazz Articles » Album Review » Sunna Gunnlaugs: Long Pair Bond

180

Sunna Gunnlaugs: Long Pair Bond

By

View read count
Sunna Gunnlaugs: Long Pair Bond
Several songs on Icelandic pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs' Long Pair Bond, including the ballad "Elsabella," are lilting and beautiful enough to have an almost hypnotic effect. The interplay between Gunnlaugs and bassist Þorgrímur Jónsson is clearly borne out of a great deal of time spent working together. Along with drummer Scott McLemore, who contributed three compositions to this session, the group plays with an empathy for which jazz ensembles strive, especially important in trios such as this.

Gunnlaugs has a special knack for writing gospel-tinged and pop- influenced tunes where a sparse harmonic center serves to buoy lilting melodies played with a light touch. It is easy to get lost in this music, which possesses plenty of room for improvising but, much like the album's general mood and tempo, travels along a fairly set course. There are no pyrotechnics, displays of technical virtuosity, or emotional outbursts from any of the players. Gunnlaugs spent a decade living and playing in Brooklyn, but Long Pair Bond reflects more of a cool, melancholy and Scandinavian mood.

Gunnlaugs adapts two pieces from the world of pop. As a child, she was more attracted to organ than piano, and it's easy to hear why in her soulful and playful approach to the trio's delightful reading of Ben Harper's "Diamonds on the Inside." Rufus Wainwright's "Vicious World" closes out the record on a suitable note, offering a microcosm of the entire session. With a lovely melody, the wistful playing is beautiful to hear, but perhaps could use a shout or roar here and there.

Track Listing

Long Pair Bond; Thema; Autumnalia; Elsabella; Crab Cannon; Fyrir Brynhildi; Safe From The World; Diamonds on the Inside; Not What But How; Vicious World

Personnel

Sunna Gunnlaugs: piano; Þorgrímur Jónsson: bass; Scott McLemore: drums

Album information

Title: Long Pair Bond | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Sunny Sky


< Previous
Snakeoil

Comments

Tags


Support All About Jazz

Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

How You Can Help

To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

More

Choro Choro Choro
Huw Warren
Aloft
Natsuki Tamura, Satoko Fujii
Maca Conu
Jonas Cambien's Maca Conu
MoonDial
Pat Metheny

Popular

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.