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The Well

Tord Gustavsen Quartet

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"Four Stars ... (Gustavsen) found his perfect band ... the evolving story of this group remains pretty irresistible."
- The Guardian

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Prelude
Tord Gustavsen Quartet
2:51
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Playing
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5:39
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Suite
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8:22
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Communion
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4:37
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Circling
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4:42
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Glasgow Intro
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1:14
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On Every Corner
Tord Gustavsen Quartet
5:15
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The Well
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5:51
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Communion (Variation)
Tord Gustavsen Quartet
5:59
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Intuition
Tord Gustavsen Quartet
4:34
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Inside
Tord Gustavsen Quartet
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Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    53:20
"The trademarks of what we can by now call the Gustavsen sound are intact: minimalism, iciness, patience, but the inclusion of Brunborg adds a populist, soulful touch ... it’s all beautiful. Tord Gustavsen is now five for five."
- JazzTimes.com

"... exceptional ... the overall ambiance of The Well is one of meticulous beauty, where interpretive freedom abounds, but not in an unfettered, stream-of-consciousness fashion ... a quartet that appreciates the value of every note, communicates on an increasingly profound level and understands the tremendous power of quietude and decay ... both boldly beautiful and dramatic ..."
- All About Jazz

Two years after the album Restored, Returned introduced this lineup and with extensive touring behind them, the four musicians of the Tord Gustavsen Quartet really blossom as a band on The Well in a programme of original tunes by Gustavsen. Sax player Tore Brunborg is given an important voice here, his melodic lines combining bluesy sonority and Nordic cry. Gently but effectively propelled by the subtle pulses of drummer Jarle Vespestad and bassist Mats Eilertsen, Gustavsen’s gospel-tinged, unhurried piano playing displays a characteristic warmth and tenderness.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Recorded February 2011 at Rainbow Studio, Oslo
Engineer: Jan Erik Kongshaug
Cover photo: Thomas Wunsch
Liner photos: Hans Fredrik Asbjørnsen
Design: Sascha Kleis
Produced by Manfred Eicher

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