Editors’ Notes Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen gained recognition as leader of a meditative trio with his first ECM releases Changing Places, The Ground, and Being There. Then he expanded, adding tenor sax to form a quartet, working with vocalists and pursuing other collaborations. The Other Side is a return to the trio form in which he thrives so masterfully, particularly alongside drummer Jarle Vespestad, a linchpin of every Gustavsen recording to date. The group’s new bassist, Sigurd Hole, an elegant player and a bandleader in his own right, easily fits into Gustavsen’s expansive world. The music evokes the stillness of northern climes, even when the tempo perks up on a waltz like “Re-Melt” or the interplay gets stormy on “O Traurigkeit” (one of three Bach adaptations). Gustavsen’s subtle electronics on “Duality” and “Taste and See” bring an added mystery.

SONG
The Tunnel
1
6:04
 
Kirken, Den Er Et Gammelt Hus
2
5:13
 
Re-Melt
3
5:17
 
Duality
4
4:37
 
Ingen Vinner Frem Til Den Evige Ro
5
3:54
 
Taste and See
6
3:14
 
Schlafes Bruder
7
4:54
 
Jesu, meine Freude / Jesus, det eneste
8
4:32
 
The Other Side
9
3:24
 
O Traurigkeit
10
3:33
 
Left Over Lullaby No.4
11
2:28
 
Curves
12
6:19
 

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