Tord Gustavsen Ensemble: Restored, Returned (ECM/Ode)

 |   |  <1 min read

Tord Gustavsen Ensemble: Spiral Song
Tord Gustavsen Ensemble: Restored, Returned (ECM/Ode)

The previous album by young ECM pianist Gustavsen at Elsewhere was his trio album Being There which was named a Best of Elsewhere 2007 album.

Echoes of that group's delicate beauty and vibrant muscularity are evident in this quintet with vocalist Kristin Asbjornsen who here sings lyrics adapted from W H Auden's Another Time on four of the 11 pieces. Her slightly scuffed, blues-ballad voice -- and engaging, almost ambient sound in places -- brings an art-pop element to the album (her tracks are neatly woven between instrumentals) and saxophonist Tore Brunborg's soprano tone has some of that acerbic bite of Jan Garbarek.

This makes for an album of some welcome changes in texture and mood -- an accusation sometimes made against some ECM records is the uniformity of tone. There is even a lightly Afro-funky feel in the rhythm section on the Middle Eastern-influenced The Gaze.

So here is a rarity in the ECM catalogue, an album that engages the heart and feet as much as the head.

Tord Gustavsen has proven again he is one of the new generation of European musicians to really listen out for. 

Share It

Your Comments

Chris - Feb 15, 2010

Have been really enjoying this album. Was worried the sax and vocals might feel a bit tacked on after the trio albums. If you haven't, check out the drummer Jarle Vespestad's work in Supersilent.

post a comment

More from this section   Jazz articles index

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Brotherman in the Fatherland (Hyena/Southbound

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Brotherman in the Fatherland (Hyena/Southbound

Kirk, who died almost 30 years ago, was one of those musicians who divided jazz critics: some thought he was a showman-cum-charlatan (he could play three saxophones simultaneously) and others... > Read more

Various Artists: Machaut Man and a Superman Hat; The Music of Dave Lisik (Rattle Jazz)

Various Artists: Machaut Man and a Superman Hat; The Music of Dave Lisik (Rattle Jazz)

Canadian-born, Wellington-based composer/producer/arranger/etc Dave Lisik has appeared at Elsewhere a number of times previously but never quite like this. Whereas previous outings under his... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Christy Moore: The story teller and me

Christy Moore: The story teller and me

Car dealers certainly. Lawyers and politicians of course, when it best suits them. But musicians? I know they gild the truth or embellish it for some self-aggradisement, but I never really expect... > Read more

Lou Reed: Berlin (1973)

Lou Reed: Berlin (1973)

Right from the beginning -- aside from a short period as a jobbing songwriter for the Pickwick label in ‘64-’65 -- Lou Reed’s lyrics had a literary quality. With the Velvet... > Read more