Changing Places

COMPOSERS: Tord Gustavsen Trio
LABELS: ECM
PERFORMER: Tord Gustavsen Trio
CATALOGUE NO: 016 397-2

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Jazz in Scandinavia is touched by its own kind of blues, the so-called Nordic Tone. Reflecting the stark imagery of nature near the northern lights, the Norwegian TORD GUSTAVSEN TRIO’s Changing Places projects a clarity and calm in the often frantic world of jazz.

Pianist Gustavsen has a crystalline touch and his use of the pedals lends expressive force to the internal dynamics of this elegant, quietly spoken trio. As a group, the musicians exhibit consistently sophisticated concern for musical ends as well as means.

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The ensemble’s inner checks and balances have resulted in a real unity of purpose, so that pieces like ‘Deep As Love’ or ‘Melted Matter’ linger in the mind long after the disc has finished.