“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 17 records with his own music; straight-ahead jazz, Nordic ballads, jazz & poetry and collaborations with singers. His music has been arranged for big band 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, Faroe Islands, Norway, Russia, Germany, Romania and Cuba.
See also myspace.com/tomasreinarsson
Bassanótt hefur að geyma nýja latíntónlist Tómasar R. Hún var frumflutt á Jazzhátíð Reykjavíkur 2013 og hljóðrituð í kjölfarið. Gagnrýnandinn Vernharður Linnet gaf jazzhátíðartón-leikunum fjóra og hálfa stjörnu í dómi sínum og skrifaði m.a.:
,,Á tónleikunum í Fríkirkjunni skiptust á ljúfar ballöður og kúbönsk sveifla og ekki hægt annað en hrífast af lögum hans, þar sem drungaleg fegurð ríkti eins og í ,,Janúar”, jafnt og heitum kúburyþmanum í ,,Bassanótt”... Heit og þétt tónlist og gaman verður að heyra hana aftur á væntanlegri plötu.” (Mbl. 28/8 2013)
Titillag disksins má hlusta á hér
Tómas R. Einarsson: kontrabassi Eyþór Gunnarsson: píanó, Wurlitzer -
Ómar Guðjónsson: gítar - Sigtryggur Baldursson: kóngatrommur -
Matthías MD Hemstock: trommur/slagverk - Samúel Jón Samúelsson: básúna/güiro.
Strengur includes twelve songs for double-bass, percussion and water sounds. Einarsson recorded different water-sounds in the countryside where his ancestors lived and these sounds mix with the percussion and the double-bass which here is the leading voice. On the DVD one can listen to the music and follow the movements of the water. Strengur was performed for the first time at the Reykjavik Arts Festival 2011 (wach video here) and has already earned accolades from critics:
News 10. jan 2012: Icelandic Latin Jazzer in Best CD List