From Iceland comes an organ trio
rooted in tradition, yet branching out in every direction.
If the trio's of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Smith and Tony Williams could morph into one, it would still be a bit shy of the variety that ASA Trio serves up. ASA Trio is a guitar-organ-drums band based in Iceland that simply enjoys playing whatever music they feel like in any given moment. At an ASA Trio show one could expect to hear music by the likes of Thelonious Monk, Fiona Apple, Wayne Shorter, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimi Hendrix as well as their own original compositions.
The trio has been a working unit for over 5 years and features guitarist Andres Thor, organist Agnar Magnusson and drummer Scott McLemore. Their new debut CD is "ASA Trio Plays the Music of Thelonious Monk" in which they personalize such Monk masterpieces as Criss Cross and Ask Me Now. It is the culmination of a project that began unknowingly with the first tune the three ever played together, Bemsha Swing.
Although, "Plays... Monk" is the first studio release by the trio, two live recordings are free to download from the music page. One which demonstrates the enormous stylistic range of the band and one which is their performance of John Coltrane's masterpiece “A Love Supreme.”
On the Horizon
European dates booked in October and a tour with Spanish saxophonist Perico Sambeat in February. Details to come. (Download the tour one-sheet pdf here and see the video below.)
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A performance on Icelandic tv of Fiona Apple's song "Get Him Back."
From the 2010 Reykjavik Jazz Festival with the Spanish virtuoso saxophonist Perico Sambeat as our special guest.