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Walking Bass

Tómas R. Einarsson

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Walking Bass – Release Concert in Kaldalón. Sunday, November 17 2019 at 5pm

Tómas R. Einarsson, double-bass
Óskar Guðjónsson, saxophone
Ómar Guðjónsson, guitar
Sigtyggur Baldursson, percussion

 The double-bass player/composer Tómas R. Einarsson will play with his quartet at Kaldalón, Harpa, Sunday November 17th. This is a release
concert to celebrate a new album, called Gangandi bassi (Walking Bass). Einarsson bought his first double-bass in August 1979, so this is a 40 year anniversary. The original music sums up his career in jazz and Latin music: blues, swing oriented tunes, be-bop and Latin boleros. His fellow musicians on the record, as well as at the concert in Harpa, are saxophone-player Óskar Guðjónsson, guitarist Ómar Guðjónsson and percussionist
Sigtryggur Baldursson.

Autuhor Halldór Guðmundsson writes in the liner notes to the record:

“The entirety
offers a remarkably complete impression of Tómas’ career, except that this time
he completely indulges the melodic tendencies that have always been part of
him. He has no qualms about quoting the jazz canon (“Upp og niður”, for
example, walks on the sunny side of the street) and the melodies are
consistently brilliant, even under the unusual circumstances of being presented
by the bass, often in exemplary interplay with the guitar. As a result, the
album offers not only an overview of Tómas’ career as a composer, but as a
performer as well. An ambulatory adventure if there ever was one.”