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Being There [CD]

Tord Gustavsen Audio CD
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For Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen, the title of his sixth album for ECM has a programmatic significance. Extended Circle refers, he says, to the completion of a “double circle” of trilogies: the first with the trio heard on Changing Places, The Ground and Being There, and the second with the quartet (formed inside the expanded ensemble of Restored, Returned in 2009 and then ... Read more in Amazon's Tord Gustavsen Store

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  • Audio CD (31 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B000NVL4EM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,677 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. At Home
2. Vicar Street
3. Draw Near
4. Blessed Feet
5. Sani
6. Interlude
7. Karosin
8. Still There
9. Where We Went
10. Cocoon
11. Around You
12. Vesper

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Of all the Norwegian artists that ECM has introduced, pianist Tord Gustavsen must count as one of the least "Nordic" in musical temperament. If the contemplative component of his music and its quietude still reflect Scandinavian priorities, the manner in which he has sought and located connections to early jazz - especially the blues, gospel music, and the nexus of Caribbean music and New Orleans jazz - is entirely his own. The universality of the pianist's writing, the melodic hook-lines of his pieces and their deceptive simplicity, as well as a sense of easy, lilting groove has helped the music speak to a vast audience. Both the award-winning 'Changing Places' and 'The Ground' have been amongst ECM's best-selling albums of the past decade.

The new CD, recorded last December at Oslo's Rainbow Studios, is every bit as striking as its predecessors. Indeed, Gustavsen regards it as the third instalment of a trilogy, and it has equally gorgeous melodies by Tord and overflows with lyricism. Bassist Harold Johnsen contributes a beautiful tango-like piece while drummer Jarle Vespestad takes a more central role in the sound: the drums, as Gustavsen says, are crucial to the music - as audiences at the trio's recent live concerts can also testify.

Personnel: Tord Gustavsen - (piano), Harald Johnsen - (double-bass), Jarle Vespestad - (drums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm there 11 Nov 2007
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This album is ace. I didn't like it at first, not at all. I thought it was just too slow, unremarkable and dull. But I'm really getting the hang of this now - gustavsen is a very lyrical piano player, and slow suits him. The compositions are tuneful enough to be played in a completely unhurried way.

Apparently he plays in a church, and you can certainly hear some hymn and gospel influences in the tunes, as well as classical themes - some of the tracks sound like beethoven sonatas or schubert impromptus.

There's some debate about whether this is really jazz or not - irrelevant of course, as it's really good. I'm going to order TGT's other two albums right now.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ECM's new Keith Jarrett 17 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
I am 61 years of age. It is probably not too extreme to describe Keith Jarrett is the pianist of choice for many of my generation who love jazz. We were bowled over by Facing You all those years ago and have been thrilled by most of his output ever since. Even the pieces that we might individually have thought were a bit off-track (and doubtless these varied from one of us to another) subsequently made sense in the context of the overall development of his art.

Being There gives me the sense that we have, in Tord Gustavsen, a pianist whose talents will build from their already formidable level for years to come. We used to wear out vinyl LPs by playing them too much. If a laser jet can similarly wear out a CD, this one is the most serious candidate in my collection. It is, quite simply, perfect music that cannot be recommended too highly.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as its predecessors 1 May 2007
By degrant
Format:Audio CD
Two recent reviews of "Being There" present a paradox. While one marvels at how avant-garde jazz can reach number 1 in Norway, the other observes the temptation to describe Tord Gustavsen's music as a cooled-down pastiche. Definitely not avant-garde and no mere pastiche, the Tord Gustavsen trio are simply creators of some of the finest, most beautiful and moving music around, irrespective of genre or style. The real paradox is how they make it sound so easy and how, given the number of piano trios in existence, their music is so recognisable.

Like its predecessors, "Being There" 's beauty defies description but suffice it so say that the music's hymn like purity and crystal clear intensity of feeling are rarely matched. Some of the more restrained tracks are unmistakably Tord Gustavsen (on Saturday, 3 bars were enough to identify the music being played in a shop I visited).

Elsewhere, however, the music is more kinetic than before, most noticeably "Blessed Feet" which pays a debt to the Esbjorn Svensson Trio while the insistent arpeggios of "Sani" calls to mind Jarrett in his solo prime.

It is difficult to identify highlights but "Around You" is a candidate with its beautiful, fuller sound. This is arguably the best example of Jarle Vespstad's fantastic percussion which contributes fully to the broader sound without resorting to mere volume or pyrotechnics. Not to be outdone, bassist Harald Johnsen is in nimble, melodic and sympathetic form throughout, underpinning Gustavsen and Johnsen.

Not for the first time in their career, and hopefully not for the last, Tord Gustavsen and his trio have produced a candidate for album of the year. In a parallel UK they could make Number 1. They deserve it but do we deserve them?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new level of quiet rapture 18 Jan 2008
By Mr. Stuart Robert Harris VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
"Being There" takes the quiet rapture of the trio's previous album (The Ground) to a new level.

There are beautiful slow pieces that gradually unfold with paradoxically crystalline warmth (At Home, Draw Near, Sani, Still There), an intriguing angular piece (Karmosin) and three up-tempo numbers - the funky Blessed Feet, the Spanish-tinged Where We Went and my favourite, Vicar Street. Half of the track is a tense, urgent build-up that then resolves into a gorgeous yearning theme.

I've seen some great drummers and percussionists in my time (e.g. Airto Moreira, Mike Shrieve of Santana, Zakir Hussein) and the trio's Jarle Vesperstad is up there with the best, but in his own distinctive way. In his hands a standard drum kit becomes a real instrument.

What I love about the Tord Gustavsen Trio is that they show masterfully how improvised music can be melodically accessible without being schmaltzy and technically satisfying without degenerating into ego-tripping clever-clever stuff. It takes outstanding musicians to play such apparently simple music.

This is another album from the trio that can appeal to people who like it "easy on the ear", but will richly reward more discerning music lovers.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From EST to Tord Gustavsen 26 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
About three years ago, stuck on a motorway in a blizzard for hours, I stumbled upon flicking through the radio channels, a concert by EST and was imediatly hooked. Having now bought all their CD's plus the video recording Amazon kept recomending Tord Gustavsen to me, what the heck I thought and bought "Being There" unheard.

Thanks Amazon for forcing my hand.

At first the music did not grab me, not foot tappingly funky like EST, another reviewer said "is it jazz" and I know what he meant. I don't know what it is either but after a few listenings it will really get ya. Isn't it strange how often the things that at first don't grab get to be more liked than some records you liked from first hearing.

This is fantastic music you will become addicted and unable to take the CD out of your player be warned!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recording
I heard most of Tord Gustavsen albums on line but I think this is the best one of the Trios albums. Maybe not for everyone, but very relaxing but never dull or boring, lots of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Herbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Keith Jarrett meets the frozen North
Keith Jarrett meets the frozen North. 'Being There' is undoubtedly a great piano New Agey /Jazz trio album - strong compositions,stunning playing and a demonstration standard... Read more
Published 23 months ago by os
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow and deceptively deep
This is the third Gustavsen outing with his trio, and again he produces deceptively simple sounding music that pares things back to the minimum of effort. Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2010 by Jl Adcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Less is definately Much More
There are not enough superlatives to describe this CD. Starting with ECM the record company and Manfred Eicher the producer. This is a fantastic product! Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2010 by Ted Legge
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
Great sound but quite boring. I've got two cd's from TGT and I guess it is enough unless there is a change in their soft style.
Published on 19 Nov 2009 by Ilovemusic
5.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary music poetry
This is not the verdict of a specialist for which this reviewer has no pretensions but an impressionistic sketch of his emotional response to the music. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2008 by Serghiou Const
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite being there. But nearly.
I haven't bought the second or third CD from Tord - the first is nice, but too gentle and smooth for me on the whole. Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2008 by Vapallia
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently superb
An original album that spans from classic beauty to blues and funky notes. Once I got it into my CD player I did not remove it for a long time - one of those that finds of true... Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2008 by A. J. G. Thostrup
5.0 out of 5 stars Being There
This is no less and no more than the first two. The three seem to meld together and a luscious trio of trios results. Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2008 by Nicholas Colley
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