Published October 6, 2006
Bassist Tómas R. Einarsson is an institution in the small Icelandic jazz world. He is known for excellent bass playing on numerous albums with a handful of bands. Apparently he bought his first bass with money earned on an oil rig in the North Atlantic. Now that’s jazz. Romm Tomm Tomm is his third album with Cuban/Latin jazz and includes 14 musicians from Iceland and Cuba. It is filled to the brim with a
summer feeling, excellent playing and great compositions. DJ Gísli Galdur of Trabant fame adds some turntable magic on a few tunes, thereby modernising the conventional salsa feel, especially on the wicked track Eineygði Kötturinn (One-Eyed Cat). This reviewer admits to not being much for hot salsa dancing but this album certainly calls for some of that. An excellent album for hot summer nights and cool Mojitos. PH
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