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Tord Gustavsen Trio: Opening

Read "Opening" reviewed by David Bruggink


After 2018's stellar The Other Side, Tord Gustavsen again graces listeners with a trio format. On this outing, ecologically-minded double bassist Sigurd Hole is replaced by ECM newcomer Steinar Raknes. A prolific recording artist with everything from dusky alt-country and americana to post-bop and free jazz to his name, Raknes introduces new flavors to the trio's palette. Gustavsen, ...

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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 ...

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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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The Ground

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Tears Transforming; Being There; Twins; Curtains Aside; Colours of Mercy; Sentiment; Kneeling Down; Reach Out and Touch It; Edges of Happiness; Interlude; Token of Tango; The Ground.

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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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