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Extended Circle ~ Tord Gustavsen
Extended Circle ~ Tord Gustavsen
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Book-ended by hypnotic trio pieces joining pianist Gustavsen once more is the line-up from The Well: tenor saxophonist Tore Brunborg, bassist Mats Eilertsen, and drummer Jarle Vespestad. Opener ‘Right There’ takes you back to the atmosphere of The Ground when the late Harald Johnsen was in the band and the trio’s finest hour. That spooky super-emotive spiritual sound that only Gustavsen can produce hits you smack in the face; it’s all in the timing and Gustavsen’s manipulation of silence for dramatic effect is immediate. The Norwegian hymn ‘Eg Veit I Himmerik Ei Borg’ (‘I Know A Castle In Heaven’) might not quite have the drama of the opening piece, which is actually more hymn-like… Read more