After reading the title of this post, you're probably asking yourself "what the heck is a Long Pair Bond?" If so, you probably don't follow me on Twitter.
Long Pair Bond is the upcoming trio album from my wife, pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs. I'm a little sketchy on the meaning, although Sunna has an explanation on her website.
Needless to say, I'm the drummer on the album. Well, I suppose she could've gotten a different drummer for it, (she has threatened to hire Joey Baron on more than one occasion) but to date I'm the only drummer she has recorded with. This is our seventh album together.
I wanted to blog about it from my perspective. However, I can't give too much away as we're also doing a Kickstarter campaign for it and one of the rewards is a DVD/extended liner notes which will have the whole back-story with interviews and video from the recording session. You can hear 3 pre-release tracks over at the Kickstarter page.
Number 7 is a very special album for a number of reasons. First of all, it's trio. You have to go all the way back to 1997 (the year we were married) to her debut album Far Far Away to find another album of hers without a saxophonist.
It's also the first time since '97 that she's recorded someone's music other than hers or mine. There are three such examples of that on this album. Our bassist Þorgrímur "Toggi" Jónsson contributed a beautiful tune, and we adapted tunes by Rufus Wainwright and Ben Harper. Both of those were unusual choices that challenged us to think differently.
For me personally, it's special in that it's the first album we've done where I used the vintage Sonor drumset I've had for the last 5 years. In fact, the only other session we've done where I used my drums was for Mindful/Songs from Iceland, but honestly, I wasn't crazy about those drums and the drum sound on those albums is not totally what I was going for. This is the first time I feel like I'm hearing my real sound, and our engineer Kjartan Kjartansson did an amazing job at capturing that. He's a drummer himself and he knows me really well, both in regard to how I play and what I like to hear in mixing sessions. That made this a new kind of recording experience for me, and I'm excited that we're about to share it with the world on Nov. 12th at the London Jazz Festival. Hope you can make it.