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The Well

27 Jan 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 27 Jan 2012
  • Label: ECM
  • Copyright: 2012 ECM Records GmbH
  • Total Length: 53:12
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  • ASIN: B0077BD822
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,709 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ronald V. White on 24 Mar 2012
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I'm relieved to discover that I am not alone in being disappointed in Restored, Returned, in which the vocals were a subtraction from the instrumental purity of the TG ensemble. The Well is truly a return to form, with the subtlety and intelligence that is a mark of a fine chamber ensemble, be it classical or jazz. The Well is a recording to savour -- and celebrate.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By degrant on 5 Feb 2012
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More than an insignificant number of jazz aficionados have or have had a deep-felt antipathy towards Gustavsen for making music too perfect to be considered jazz. More fools them. Gustavsen's debut "Changing Places" was perfect - simple, profound, immediately recognisable, "the Ground" a more than worthy follow up but "Being There" (for all its excellence) saw Gustavsen at an impasse which broken, for better or worse by the release of the ambitious but flawed "Restored, Returned" by a quintet featuring the divisive vocals of Kristin Asbjørnsen.

"The Well" sees, for the first time, ECM showcase the Gustavsen Quartet, Asbjørnsen departed while saxophonist Tore Brunborg remains.

Opening "Prelude" is as bewitching as anything by Gustavsen - slow, suggestive but delicate and this sets the tone for the remainder of the album. Songs showcased in expanded form in concert over the last year or so now appear fully formed and focussed; none more so than title track "The Well" which epitomises Gustavsen's remarkable ability to create so much from so little - a flicker of cymbal, beguilingly simple piano line, understated and unshowy sax and, anchoring everything, stately bass.

While some might yearn for something more radical, I suspect Gustavsen has won back a number who expressed doubt after "Restored, Returned" and, hopefully, ever increasing numbers will appreciate a recording whose beauty is likely to be a barometer for much of 2012.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By david walls on 13 Feb 2013
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if you preferred the earlier tord gustavsen albums then you'll love this - with additional evocative sax - he seemed to have lost his way on his last outing but its back to form on this highly recommended album
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Finbar the looney on 4 Feb 2012
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This is going to be a good year for jazz,already we have seen excellent outings for Andy shepperd.The Portico quartet and now the latest offering from Tord Gustavsen.
This album is everything,and more that you can expect from the TGQ.It is stately,it is majestic,it is sublime,it is very melodic.
The roots of this album were started in 2009 and in the three years that have elapsed since then it has grown from an enigmatic pupae,into a beautiful butterfly.
There is not one note that seems out of place in this music at all,the tunes intertwine with each other and create a soundscape that is wonderous to hear.
The title track is absolutely beautiful,with exceptional playing from all.
Another great album for your consideration!!!
TORE BRUNBORG.....TENOR SAXAPHONE
TORD GUSTAVSEN......PIANO
MATS EILERTSEN.....DOUBLE BASS
JARLE VESPERSTAD.....DRUMS
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erik on 28 Sep 2013
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Superb. The quartet just gets better and better. It has been played and replayed countless times already. I'm already looking forward to the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KELLY heroes on 1 Mar 2013
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Once again Gustavsen has produced an album of real quality perfect for long hot Summer days lazing about.Beautiful textures-so tranquil and serene but with the menace of Brunborgs sax always never far from the mix.Another quality album from ECM yet again! The Well.Superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Thornton on 15 Feb 2013
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Understatedly beautiful, Impressively edgy, if you’ve just had a fall out and are angry, or you find
Yourself in middle of the woods fearful this will pull you through.
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