13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Subtle but never dull and always beautiful,
This review is from: Changing Places (Audio CD)
All three members of the Tord Gustavsen Trio (piano - drums - bass) manage to mix an intuitive sensitivity for the music and a remarkable degree of dexterity with a delicate tenderness that makes each and every one of their pieces sound full of yearning.
This is potentially the biggest problem with the album; the pace varies little and each song is infused with such melancholy that some people may find it a little dull. However, listening closely reaps massive rewards. The music is almost universally very quiet, so devoting one's whole attention to it helps. And in fact, whilst all their songs are powerful, they are not full of such despair as may be immediately apparent.
All three musicians are clearly virtuosos. In concert, Gustavsen leans close over the keyboard, feeling every note; listening to this CD and without being able to see this, the listener nonetheless gets the impression that musician and music are completely intertwined, but is at least as likely to be impressed by his sheer technical ability.
Drummer Vespestad, in his spare time a skinhead thrash-metal musician, proves himself to have a wonderful sensitivity, sometimes playing so quietly (with brushes or his fingers) that the listener must strain to be sure a sound was played at all. Johnsen, meanwhile, adds able support much of the time but is able to produce intricate melodies from his instrument sounding more like a guitar than a double bass.
Subtle yet profound, this album resolutely refuses to hurry yet never threatens to be boring, simply because it is so beautifully expressive.