After playing a number of highly individual interpretations of some jazz legends the ASA Trio from Iceland just released their first album packed with original compositions.
From the first note "Craning" conveys a playful and positive character. There might not be a bass in this Trio's sound but an omnipresent Organ played by Agnar Már Magnússon, Andrés Thor's guitar and Scott McLemore on drums. Not your typical jazz trio formation but one that works very good on this record as it works its way through interesting rhythms in "MC Lemur", quiet moods in "Green Door" and joyful notes in the opener "Something To Make You Change Your Mind". The dynamic character of the tunes really makes this a very entertaining and enjoyable record while it balances between traditional jazz characteristics and a modern approach.
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