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The Well

Tord Gustavsen Quartet Audio CD

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2012 release from the Norwegian pianist and his quartet. The Well is a very unified and coherent album, although the songs were written individually and of pieces written as a commission for the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in England 2011 and pieces for the Oslo International Church Music Festival 2011. Tord had originally thought that they would do maybe a bit more of the internal duo or trio playing inside the quartet, but it happened that the overall quartet energy was so good that they just kept playing. Now apart from two trio tunes the rest of the album is in full quartet.

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and satisfying March 28 2012
By Mark Dennison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit to being a huge fan of Tord Gustavsen and his approach to music. This album returns to the sparseness and deeply felt rhythms and silences of Being There to brilliant effect. Like the earlier albums, there is an emotional sweep that connects all the tunes, and they are executed with perfection. The overall feeling is - to my ears and soul - deeply satisfying. The use of bass, sax and percussion is unusual, thought out and very effective - the emotional whole dominates, but the effects are surprising: reflective and beautiful. There is still groove and the evident spirituality nods to gospel roots but faces east. A moving and, dare I say, great album that repays repeated listening. Thank you, Tord.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth listening to but not as good as the first 3 releases! Feb. 24 2012
By Kami Dassen - Published on Amazon.com
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Tord Gustavsen is one of the great contributors to the excellent selection of modern contemporary jazz albums under the ECM label. I do especially love The Ground and Being There. The last album I bought from him was Restored & Returned which is not as good as the first three albums, but somewhat I consider that one to be still better than The Well, especially since it is available in HighRes at HDTracks. Maybe I just have to listen to The Well a little more, but the addition of the saxophone in this Quartet sound a little too heavy on the new addition, and therefore reminds me very much of Jan Garbarek. Needless to say this album is lacking the details and harmonic balance we are used to with the earlier Trio arrangement. To me the bass and drums in combination with the melancholic melodies of the piano where the signature character of Tord Gustavsen. The Well has hardly any recording on it with emphasis on the drums. I consider it to be average.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a difference a sax makes March 25 2012
By Edd Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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An Amazon Pre Order if I am correct, knowing the work as of trio, I figured maybe adding saxophone would be ok. Well my take is what expansion and new dimension to the sound of a great trio, way exceeded my expectations.
I am a fan of good trios,(piano, bass, drum is my favorite. Oscar Peterson Trio, Bill Evans Trio and Wynton Kelly are the first that come to mind. I am also a person that follows, "if it ain't broke don't mess with", and that sometimes we have to polish it up a bit, this is all of that and more. Pardon the pun, but the "The Well",takes us a little deeper into the creativity of Gustavsen as a composer, adding the sax seems to me now as evolutionary.
In my opinion this album shows both the love affair the Nordic people have for the American Jazz music and their growth as Jazz Artists and Composers.
I just love putting the big cans on and listening, a great stride for these artists, ECM, and jazz heads like me.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crisply cold and classically melodic March 30 2013
By Dr. Tim - Published on Amazon.com
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One of 2012's best jazz albums, with this one Tord Gustavsen proves himself one of Dave Brubeck's true spiritual heirs. Like Brubeck, his compositions and his group's playing are precise, melodic, studied and very European. Every note, even in the improvised solos, is carefully placed. No blues-type wailing here. But where Brubeck could be bubbly and energetic, Gustavsen's compositions are reflective and melancholic, reflecting their cold, snowy origins.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Beautiful, I'm not a "real" jazz fan Sept. 9 2014
By Evie - Published on Amazon.com
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Just Beautiful, I'm not a "real" jazz fan, with that said .... what I do know is the music touches me in a very real sense. I love Mr. Gustavsen's style, I think it's the silence within the notes that really touches me, and the slow pensive mood it puts me. Most of his CDs seem to have this.

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