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Thank you for the controversy,
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This review is from: Restored, Returned (Audio CD)
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.