08/05/12 By Scott McLemore
Pre-release of Remote Location by Scott McLemore
American drummer in Iceland is about to release a new album.
I knew when I first started planning this album that it would have something to do with me living in Iceland. After all, it's a big deal and, next to fatherhood, moving here the biggest thing that's happened in my life in the past decade. In case you're wondering, I already dedicated a song to my two daughters on my wife's last album.
"Remote Location" features a quintet of Icelandic musicians, including Sunna Gunnlaugs on piano, Óskar Guðjónsson (known for his work with Mezzoforte and Skúli Sverrison), guitarist Andrés Thor and bassist Róbert Thórhallsson. I guess that makes it "Nordic jazz" and I won't deny being influenced by Nordic musicians. (In fact, I'm on my way to Norway next week to play with one of my favorite Norwegian saxophonists, Tore Brunborg.) But the scope of this album is larger than that, while it has a definite palette of it's own... I think.
The album will be officially released on the Reykjavik Jazz Festival on August 28th. However, if you pre-order it through Bandcamp you can download the album immediately and get a pdf of extended liner notes. Plus the first 50 pre-orders will receive a bonus download of my debut album “Found Music" from 2006 with the talents of Tony Malaby, Ben Monder and Ben Street. Quite a deal.
You can hear the album in it's entirety here:
Thanks for reading.
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