After a trilogy of highly successful trio albums (“Changing Places”, “The Ground”, “Being There”), Tord Gustavsen branches off in new directions. His new band adds two players familiar to ECM listeners – bassist Mats Eilertsen and saxophonist Tore Brunborg – and introduces the blues-inflected voice of Kristin Asbjørnsen on Tord’s settings of the poetry of W.H. Auden. Inside the ensemble, duo and trio interaction unfolds, taking off from the clear melodic language of Gustavsen’s songwriting.
- The Child Within
- Way In
- Lay Your Sleeping Head, My Love
- Spiral Song
- Restored, Returned
- Left Over Lullaby No. 2
- The Swirl / Wrapped In A Yielding Air
- Left Over Lullaby No. 1 / O Stand, Stand At The Window
- Your Crooked Heart
- The Gaze
- Left Over Lullaby No. 3
by Declan Murphy, Readings St Kilda
Tord Gustavsen’s piano trio trilogy of recent years comprises one of the most beautiful – and popular – artistic statements of recent years. Restored, Returned is a graceful step into uncharted territory, adding questing tenor/soprano sax and the mesmerising, ethereal voice of Kristin Asbjørnsen, who interprets the words of W.H. Auden as well as performing wordless incantations on three radically different takes of Leftover Lullaby. interspersed throughout. As ever, Gustavsen is as concerned with silence as sound, here exploring every possible relationship of various duos, trios and quartets drawn from within the quintet format. This may take a couple of listens for some of Tord’s fans – it hooked me instantly.
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