“A masterful union of fire and ice”, is how Jacob Edgar described the Latin music of the Icelandic bassist/composer Tómas R. Einarsson (1953), in his liner notes to Putyumayo Presents Latin Jazz. When Putumayo World Music released its first Latin Jazz CD they included Rumdrum from Einarsson´s Havana CD. The Icelandic bassist is the only European representative and the company could not be more exclusive; Tito Puente, Machito, Ray Barretto etc. Einarsson´s Latin jazz records (Kúbanska, Havana, Romm Tomm Tomm and LIVE!) have earned accolades from Latin jazz critics in the United States and Latin America.
Tómas R. Einarsson has released 19 records with his own music; straight-ahead jazz, Nordic ballads, jazz & poetry and collaborations with singers. His music has been arranged for big bands and choirs and DJ´s have remixed his Latin music. Einarsson has played and toured extensively with his Latin group, performing at festivals and clubs in Iceland, USA, France, Faroe Islands, Norway, Russia, Germany, Romania and Cuba.
Here you can listen to two programs made by Oliverio Caldas (UN Radio, Colombia), dedicated to Einarsson´s Latin music.
Mannabörn (Man´s children) is a new CD with 18 tunes by Tómas R. Einarsson, arranged for a choir by pianist Gunnar Gunnarsson. The lead singer is Sigríður Thorlacius.
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”I am convinced that this is the best Latin Jazz CD Einarsson has recorded.” Vernharður Linnet, www.morgunbladid.is December 16, 2013 (Iceland)
Bassanótt (Bass night) was selected as one of the best Latin Jazz records of the year 2013 by the Colombian website Solar Latin Club.
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