Changing Placesby Tord Gustavsen
This release signals in the then 33-year old, Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen's debut outing for the ECM Records label. His fellow compatriots, bassist Harald Johnsen and drummer Jarle Vespestad, round out this jazz piano trio offering. Fundamentally speaking, the group seemingly works its palate into that classic "ECM Records" aesthetic, comprising echo-laden sonic characteristics and a chamber-esque vibe. Otherwise, Gustavsen demonstrates meticulously construed faculties via a tasteful approach, ringing up notions of the late Bill Evans, amid a conservatory-type demeanor. To that end, the pianist shines forth as a gifted melody maker via a series of deftly executed choruses and sublime themes. The bulk of this production consists of the trio's probing inclinations and lightly implemented rhythmic structures. Gustavsen's multifaceted arsenal features an abundance of swirling arpeggios, nimbly rendered harmonics, and gently fabricated block chords. Alternatively, the total listening experience becomes a bit arduous in scope, due to the band's unwavering gait. Nonetheless, Gustavsen is most certainly one to watch!
- Release Date:
- Ecm Records
Performance CreditsTord Gustavsen Primary Artist,Piano
Jarle Vespestad Drums
Harald Johnsen Double Bass
Technical CreditsManfred Eicher Producer
Jan Erik Kongshaug Engineer
Sascha Kleis Cover Photo
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This beautifully sparse recording is a study in economy and taste. Mr. Gustaven's trio isn't about flash and dash, eschewing overwrought style for restrained substance and a commitment to unspooling some serious melodic yarn. There isn't a wasted note in this collection of blues- inflected ballads and silky boleros. This is some late night music, so take your time and give this record a chance to change your perspective.