"Gunnlaugs proves that jazz can have a wider appeal
without losing integrity." – John Kelman, All About Jazz
The Washington Post described her music as possessing "such timeless virtues as lyricism and grace… elegantly bridges soul-searching passages with uncluttered swing." Sunna Gunnlaugs reaffirms that assesment on her latest album, "Ancestry" which features her working trio (fellow Icelander, bassist Þorgrimur Jónsson and long-time cohort, Scott McLemore on drums) with the addition of the Finnish trumpet player Veneri Pohjola. It's at once everything listeners have come to expect from this trio and another layer of melodic intricacy as the trumpeter seems to meld with the sensitivity of the trio and still push it's dynamic boundaries.
As a child growing up on a small peninsula called Seltjarnarnes not far from Reykjavik she began taking lessons on the organ at the urging of her mother. "The idea of playing the piano didn't appeal to me as a kid. I associated it with classical pianists who seemed to have no fun. But on the organ you could play anything, the Beatles, polkas, Strauss and that seemed like more fun." By her teens, having realized that you could in fact play a variety of music on the piano, it was the gift of a Bill Evans trio record (appropriately named "You're Gonna Hear From Me") that sold her on modern jazz… Read more
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