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Tord Gustavsen: The Other Side

Read "The Other Side" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Like a dusty, Southern gothic novel, Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen opens his return to the trio format with the moody, enigmatic “The Tunnel." All his compositions on The Other Side bare their secrets slowly and play out their methodically expressionistic hauntings with a gospel-influenced left hand seemingly rooted thousands of miles away in the muddy Louisiana ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Big Ears Festival 2017

Read "Big Ears Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Big Ears Festival
Knoxville, TN
March 23-26, 2017

Knoxville's Big Ears Festival expanded to a full four days this year, giving it more time to go its expected merry, eclectic way. In a break with usual practice, there was no official Composer in Residence. That distinction could have gone to Gavin Bryars ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Trygve Seim: Rumi Songs

Read "Rumi Songs" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim may lack the marquee status of countryman (and fellow ECM artist) Jan Garbarek. But he is no less adventurous, and has recently been popping up all over on 2016 ECM releases: on Mats Eilertsen's Rubicon; with Sinikka Langeland and the Trio Medieval on The Magical Forest; with Iro Haarla and symphony orchestra ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016" reviewed by John Kelman

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
July 3-7, 2016

In many ways, the front of one of the festival's new T-Shirt designs said it all:

swing
blues
soul
improvisation
latin
gospel
R 'n' B
crossroads
silence
groove
world ...

Tord Gustavsen with Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad at Fringe Arts

Read "Tord Gustavsen with Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad at Fringe Arts" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Tord Gustavsen (with Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad)
Fringe Arts
jny: Philadelphia, PA
June 20, 2016

The music of this trio project is “a mystical and spiritual journey," Tord Gustavsen declared early in the set during his first-ever appearance in Philadelphia, an endeavor about “finding the divine light ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Simin Tander: Daring To Surrender

Read "Simin Tander: Daring To Surrender" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Luck, so the saying goes, is ninety per cent hard work, as Simin Tander knows only too well. The Afghan/German singer is currently making international waves with What Was Said (ECM, 2016), a haunting collaboration with Tord Gustavsen, and is enjoying a higher profile than ever before. Whilst an element of luck of the right-time right-place ...

Tord Gustavsen, Simin Tander, Jarle Vespestad: What Was Said

Read "What Was Said" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Continuità e radicale cambiamento in questo nuovo album di Tord Gustavsen: il pianista di Oslo è ancora in trio con il fido batterista Jarle Vespestad, ma con la cantante tedesca di origini afgane Simin Tander a sostituire il contrabbasso; al pianoforte affianca un inedito, moderato impiego di elettronica; ancora al lavoro su materiale di ispirazione sacra ...

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Vossa Jazz 2016

Read "Vossa Jazz 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Vossa Jazz
Various venues
jny:Voss, Norway
March 18-20, 2016

Perched high on the mountain side, the weather-beaten wooden farm houses of the Voss folk museum command a truly impressive view of the town below, ringed by snow-capped mountains, interlocking valleys and ice-covered fjords that stretch to the four points ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tord Gustavsen with Simin Tander & Jarle Vespestad: What was said

Read "What was said" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

What was said introduces a new trio from Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen, featuring German-Afghan vocalist Simin Tander, with the support of longtime collaborator drummer Jarle Vespestad (who has played on all of Gustavsen's previous ECM recordings). The inspiration for the program was the tradition of Norwegian church music, but it is explored in a most untraditional ...

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Brisbane International Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Brisbane International Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brisbane International Jazz Festival
Various locations
jny:Brisbane, Australia
June 3-8, 2015

Celebrating its third edition, the Brisbane International Jazz Festival may be one of Australia's youngest jazz festivals but the state of Queensland is no stranger to jazz. The non-profit organisation Jazz Queensland has been curating concerts, developing audiences and working ...