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Tord Gustavsen Trio: The Other Side

Read "The Other Side" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Undici anni dopo Being There il pianista norvegese Tord Gustavsen torna a registrare in trio, formazione che aveva preferito non affrontare più dopo la scomparsa di Harald Johnson, il contrabbassista che lo aveva sempre accompagnato assieme al batterista Jarle Vespestad. Adesso, con l'ingresso di Sigurd Hole, Gustavsen si riavvicina alla forma che l'aveva lanciato e lo ...

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Tord Gustavsen Trio: Being There

Read "Being There" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Terzo CD del trio del pianista norvegese Tord Gustavsen (dopo Changing Places e The Ground), questo At Home è un lavoro intimistico e rarefatto ma che, pur inserendosi nella tradizione nordica, vi immette alcune interessanti variabili. In primo luogo, nel trio appare più rilevante il ruolo della batteria rispetto a quello rivestito dal contrabbasso; poi, le tracce sono tutte caratterizzate ...

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Tord Gustavsen Trio: Being There

Read "Being There" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The full measure of the achievement of pianist Tord Gustavsen's Being There can really only be gained by going back to his two earlier ECM releases, Changing Places (2003) and The Ground (2005).

The phenomenal reaction to the first album was surprising and begs an explanation. The simplest would be that Gustavsen's music ...

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Tord Gustavsen Trio: Being There

Read "Being There" reviewed by John Kelman

Since its 2003 ECM debut Changing Places, pianist Tord Gustavsen's trio has gradually been working its way out of a core concept that initially mined a surprising and remarkable wealth of what, on first glance, appeared to be a limited scope of tempo and dynamic. Like an ever-expanding series of concentric circles, Gustavsen, bassist Harald Johnsen ...

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Tord Gustavsen Trio: The Ground

Read "The Ground" reviewed by Ollie Bivens

Sure to be on many best of lists, The Ground is helping point the way forward for jazz music worldwide. The eleven chamber jazz tracks, all composed by Gustavsen, never stray far from blues and gospel music chords and voicings, and they produce a bountiful buffet. The piano trio adds a bit of Satie ("Tears Transforming"), ...

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Tord Gustavsen Trio: The Ground

Read "The Ground" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

ECM considers pianist Tord Gustavsen to be the least “Nordic" of the several Norwegian artists on its roster. This is because his compositions, while typically pensive and austere, have also endeavored to incorporate the deepest roots of jazz in Afro-American blues and gospel. Musical and philosophical sophistication commingles with raw emotion and lyrical melodies, creating a ...

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Tord Gustavsen Trio: The Ground

Read "The Ground" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen became something of a rock star in his own country after Changing Places (ECM, 2003) came out two years ago. The fact that a jazz record--particularly such a mellow, understated one--could rise above a mess of mass-market pop came as a surprise to just about everyone involved, but I guess it's a ...

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Tord Gustavsen Trio: The Ground

Read "The Ground" reviewed by John Kelman

When Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen's trio emerged on the scene in '03 with its ECM debut Changing Places, it was an odd phenomenon. On first glance it was so subtle-- almost too subtle--that it felt somehow underwhelming. And yet, over time, it revealed a charm, graceful beauty and slight melancholy that became more and more compelling ...

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Tord Gustavsen Trio: Changing Places

Read "Changing Places" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

Quick and to the Point: There's no other point but excellence in this breath of fresh jazz.

Devoid of bleariness, even when experienced as a placid stroll, Changing Places has accordionesque pianistic motifs and intermittently tango-sizing musical discreetnessas conceived and performed on the highlight, “Graceful Touch." On this tune, melodically strong sinuous sensuality and ...

Tord Gustavsen Trio: Changing Places

Read "Changing Places" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Whether by intent or coincidence--unlikely!--ECM Records has carved out a special niche for the jazz piano trio. With almost no exceptions, the label's trio records sound at once quiet and restless, introspective and searching. Leading the pack is American pianist Keith Jarrett's Standards Trio, with 14 records since 1983. Jarrett's insistent fixation on melody, especially in ...