In 2005 on the Reykjavik Jazz Festival there was a last minute cancellation. Andres Thor was asked to put together a group to fill the slot. That was the first performance by ASA Trio, although the name would come later.
During that concert one of the tunes Andres called was Thelonious Monk's Bemsha Swing and it turned out to be the highlight of the show. Afterward it seemed obvious to all three that they should play again, and the first thing on their minds was playing more music by Monk.
And so they set about learning more compositions by the pianist, realizing as they went that the traditional instrumentation of guitar, Hammond organ and drums sounded quite unusual playing Monk's music....
“bluesy, funky, powerful... These are pieces that you rarely hear performed by Monk himself and the trios performance of Raise Four was magnificent.” --Vernhardur Linnet, Morgunbladid, Iceland