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Restored, Returned

12 Nov 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 12 Oct 2009
  • Label: ECM
  • Copyright: 2009 ECM Records GmbH
  • Total Length: 51:26
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  • ASIN: B004SRR2DY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,967 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Adrian P on 15 Oct 2009
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Oh, how I love the ECM and ACT labels! - I know that, without them, my musical life would be the poorer. As the owner of Tord Gustavsen's first three albums, I was interested to learn recently that his fourth would also include sax and vocal, and so I was curious to find out how this altered the familiar dynamic of Tord's trio. And I have to say I am both fascinated and very pleased with 'Restored, Returned'. The previous albums are beautifully minimalistic, subtle, relaxing... all these things. But if I was to offer any criticism (which I don't like to do), it is that, perhaps at times, their content can be a little repetitive (though, in the right mood, there is little to match their restrained beauty). This NEW album, however, is captivating in its diversity, and it is wonderful to hear the trio augmented so sensitively. The tenor and alto playing of Tore Brunborg is very individual in style and sounds so natural and effortless that it feels like someone quietly talking to me, just one to one. He does some beautiful things, and always in 'sync' with the other members of the ensemble. Kristin Asbjornsen's vocals might be seen, by some, as an 'acquired taste' - but, again, the flexibility in the way she uses her husky range is so interesting to listen to. The album seems to develop well (rather than petering out in quality) and I was delighted to reach the end with a great feeling of satisfaction. Gustavsen, Eilertsen and Vesperstad are superb on piano, bass and drums (so 'in tune' with each other) and, as ever with ECM, the production quality is pin sharp. As a lover of a wide range of piano trios (EST, Alborans, John Law, etc.) I would highly recommend this, but only if you are similarly drawn to the 'less mainstream' side of jazz and are prepared to listen with 'open ears'.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By degrant on 24 Nov 2009
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Although some highly respected jazz critics were unconvinced, in his trio of trio recordings with Jarle Vespestad and Harald Johnsen, Gustavsen created a near-perfect body of work. In a world awash with excellent piano trios Gustavsen's minimal melodic, perfectly crafted hymns were instantly recognisable.

Nonetheess, one can have too much of a good thing and, as other reviewers here have commented, a fourth such recording would have been overkill and Gustavsen has assembled an enlarged band featuring a new bass-player, Mats Eilertsen, excellent saxophonist Tore Brunborg and Kristin Asbjornsen, whose distinctive bluesy vocals feature on half the tracks (all setting of Auden's lyrics from "Another Time"), to create a noticeably different sound.

However, despite endorsing the need for change (hints of which were evident in the Trio's live performances in 2007), on the first few listens to "Restored, Returned" I was deeply equivocal. The presence of voice and saxophone seemed to suffocate Gustavsen especially as Asbjornsen's vocals often grated. Structurally, although one composition "Left Over Lullaby" appears in three guises through the album, the absence of voice and/or saxophone on some tracks created a lack of cohesion rather than a sense of variation.

Fortunately, repeated listens have cured me of my misgivings and revealed a work of, in the main, excellence. Proceedings begin beautifully with "The Child Within", with Brunborg producing his best work, atmospheric, haunting, prominent but not overpowering. "Way In" is a piano trio, very "Vienna Concert"-like with its rolled motifs and pronounced use of the lower register and quite unlike Gustavsen's previous work even before the false ending and stately bass solo.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Keith Billinghurst on 22 Nov 2009
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Some of the reviews of Tord Gustavsen's latest CD seem to be predicated on the belief that once any musician has found a successful genre they somehow owe it to their audience never to move on. Music does not work that way. Think of how Miles Davis' and John Coltrane's output changed out of almost all recognition over their careers. Keith Jarrett's music continues to evolve. Not every step along the way will stand the test of time, but that does not invalidate an artist moving in (to quote Miles Davis) new directions.

Restored, Returned is a quality set and shows that Mr Guistavsen too is moving on. We should regard this CD as evidence of an artistic Work in Progress. I for one look forward to the next instalment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Bowman on 26 Mar 2013
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I'm an old hand and Amazon knows I like my jazz piano.

When "The Well" was offered as a recommendation I thought it was pleasant enough but didn't warrant a place on my bulging shelves. Similarly with "The Ground" and "Changing Places" which I found attractively melodic (and feared the refrain that would soon drive me insane).

It quickly became apparent from other customers' reviews that those who liked the above didn't like "Restored, Returned", so I thought I might and by God I do! It's not as challenging as the kind of post-modern jazz played by the likes of the Marsalis brothers or Greg Osby. The improvisations are abstract, but not wildly so. The drumming is rhythmic rather than whimsical and at times has a satisfying military rap to it. There's often a bluesy atmosphere, which is a necessity in jazz for me.

But to set Auden's poetry was brave and I absolutely adore Kristen Asbjornsen's delivery, switching as it does from a childlike purity one minute to an abrasive growl the next. She's almost like a mixture of Blossom Dearie and late Billie Holiday.

"Restored, Returned" was a shot in the arm for me, so thank you, Tord Gustavsen's regular fans, for recommending it by not liking it. Keep up the good work. I've just ordered "Being There" and "Wayfaring Stranger" by Asbjornsen.
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