Tord Gustavsen: Where We Went


Where We Went


Tord Gustavsen (piano)


Being There (ECM 2017)

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Tord Gustavsen (piano),

Harald Johnsen (bass), Jarle Vespestad (drums)


Composed by Tord Gustavsen


Recorded: Oslo, Norway, December 2006


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

Over the course of six years and three records, Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen and the members of his trio have kept and developed the same aesthetic. But this track from their latest CD shows that their conceptions are not as monolithic as some pretend. No ethereal "Nordic sound" here, but a set of dense chords evolving on a compact rhythm pattern. The simple melody is close to hymns that can be heard in the Scandinavian churches as well as in the gospel tradition, and strangely enough the touch of lightness in this tune is brought by the drumsticks striking the cymbals. Their musicality connects this very earthy song with the air.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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