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Gustavsen, Tord Quartet / Extended Circle
Album:Extended Circle Collection:Jazz
Artist:Gustavsen, Tord Quartet Added:Mar 2014
Label:Ecm Records (Jazz) 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2014-03-14 Pull Date:2014-05-16 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:May 18May 11Apr 27Apr 20Apr 13Apr 6Mar 30Mar 23

 Recent Airplay
1.May 15, 2014:Rebop
Eg Veit I Himmerik Ei Borg, Right There
4.Apr 25, 2014:No Cover, No Minimum
The Embrace
2.May 09, 2014:No Cover, No Minimum
Staying There
5.Apr 24, 2014:Eclectic Erudition
3.May 08, 2014:Rebop
The Embrace
6.Apr 17, 2014:Rebop
Right There

Album Review
Reviewed 2014-03-13 
ECM, 2014

MODERN JAZZ – Norwegian jazz, often hushed, sometimes soaring, with many references to hymns and spiritual tunes. Gustavsen’s tunes can be fragile as spider webs, full of ache and heartbreak, or warm and fuzzy, balancing Nordic soul with a serene detachment.

All interesting. Fo’s Picks: 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11

1. 2:55 – wintry trio shuffle (no sax), trudges through melancholy
2. 5:41 – somber melody contrasts w/quick, skittery beat, rises up on sax cry
3. 2:54 – free floating with silent spaces, high sax phrases, spindly piano
4. 6:22 – slow quiet trio, ballad-like and tender, but also cozy as a blanket
5. 4:54 – rolls calmly with bluesy sax, an easy song to fall into as it goes
6. 3:33 – delicate solo piano, hushed melody feels both old and modern
7. 2:50 – enigmatic: a different version of the freeform spaces from #3
8. 4:38 – very slow spiritual: just sax & piano at first, then aching quartet
9. 5:02 – the lightest piece on the album, graceful and almost catchy
10. 0:43 – solo bass interlude
11. 5:14 – a quiet, midnight march: sax adds a plaintive touch
12. 6:23 – soft trio, pads across an open landscape, expressive piano

[ Fo ] - 13 March 2014

Track Listing
1.Right There 7.Entrance, Var.
2.Eg Veit I Himmerik Ei Borg 8.Devotion
3.Entrance 9.The Embrace
4.The Gift 10.Bass Transition
5.Staying There 11.Glow
6.Silent Spaces 12.The Prodigal Song