Björk Gudmundsdóttir And Tríó Gudmundar Ingólfssonar – Gling-Gló

Back in 1990, before her solo career rocketed into the stratosphere, Bjork put out this jazz album. I love it. Her voice really lends itself, in its passionate abandon, to these arrangements and to this style. Recommended!

“Gling-gló” is an Icelandic onomatopoeia whose English equivalent is “ding dong”, or the sound that a bell makes… Most of the songs are sung in Icelandic. Several of these songs are covers of jazz standards translated and sung in Icelandic. Three are sung with a noticeably different musical arrangement: “Bílavísur” (originally “The Blacksmith Blues”), “Ég veit ei hvað skal segja” (Theresa Brewer’s “Ricochet Romance”) and “Pabbi minn” (“O Mein Papa”).

“Þad sést ekki sætari mey” is misattributed in the liner notes as a “Rogers/Hammerstein” composition, but is instead an interpolation of Irving Berlin’s “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun” from the musical Annie Get Your Gun.” (Wiki)

10 thoughts on “Björk Gudmundsdóttir And Tríó Gudmundar Ingólfssonar – Gling-Gló

      1. J. says:

        Indeed. Very distinctive voice… and a very distinctive musical vision, so it’s interesting to hear her in a different setting.


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