by Ferell Aubre
Yet another lovely offering from the unassuming Icelandic pianist, Sunna Gunnlaugs, Cielito Lindo is a solid, colorful and rhythmically fresh sound, that lingers with you long after your first listen.
“Cielito Lindo,”captivates with an adventurous tone, as the ensemble explores the delightful rhythms and textures of Spanish rhythms throughout. “Dry Cycle,” is a shining example of Gunnlaugs playful touch, but with searing precision and contemplative construction from both Jonsson and McLemore.
“Icelandic Blues” and “Summertime” are both tightly woven and generously played pieces both from different prospective from Gunnaluags’ trio. “Icelandic Blues” highlights the trios rapid ability to move from a sophisticated blues/gospel tinge to slightly frenetic improvisation, that settles back into the bluesy lane again. Whereas “Summertime” is a different animal altogether, almost an experimental deconstruction of the Gershwin standard. It is here that Jonsson and McLemore shine and Gunnlaugs channels and almost Keith Jarrett approach in the performances.
Cielito Lindo is a powerfully emotional offering in the cannon of work Sunna Gunnlaugs has put forth over the years, one I hope helps bring more attention to the emotional and enigmatic leader she is. For this writer, it just keeps getting better each time around. A highly recommended listen.