Jóel Pálsson og Eyþór Gunnarsson: SKUGGSJÁ

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"Saxophone and piano can hardly be considered the typical instrumentation, except for composed romantic chamber music. When used together, one is tempted to think that the composer is trying to pull the sax out of a musical hybrid that has fostered this conic bastard of wind instruments throughout the twentieth century: jazz."

The songs on the CD are "typical icelandic popular tunes dating back forty plus years.  The selection process went through three rounds as Jóel Pálsson and Eyþór Gunnarsson played through a bunch of songs and weeded out, not only the resulting compilation, but also any doubts as to whether they were playing the songs right or only sketching the outlines from memory. Finally they were rearranged individually by Jóel and Eyþór, so the process demanded they be played at least three times - something a stripped down pop song can be very proud to survive."    - Pétur Grétarsson

The songs are: Sveitin milli sanda - Söngurinn um Dimmalimm - Hættu að gráta hringaná - Svefn-g-englar - Leyndarmál - Vísur Vatnsenda-Rósu - Venus as a Boy - Samferða - Stál og hnífur - Þú og ég - Spiladósalagið - Tvær stjörnur

Jóel Pálsson:  Tenor- and soprano saxophones, kontrabass clarinet

Eyþór Gunnarsson:  Piano

Recorded 2002 and 2004.
Originally released 2004.
Re-released 2013 with new cover.



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