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What Was Said

Tord Gustavsen, Simin Tander, Jarle Vespestad

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Your Grief
Tord Gustavsen; Simin Tander; Jarle Vespestad
I See You
Tord Gustavsen; Simin Tander; Jarle Vespestad
Imagine The Fog Disappearing
Tord Gustavsen; Simin Tander; Jarle Vespestad
A Castle In Heaven
Tord Gustavsen; Simin Tander; Jarle Vespestad
Journey Of Life
Tord Gustavsen; Simin Tander; Jarle Vespestad
I Refuse
Tord Gustavsen; Simin Tander; Jarle Vespestad
What Was Said To The Rose / O Sacred Head
Tord Gustavsen; Simin Tander; Jarle Vespestad
The Way You Play My Heart
Tord Gustavsen; Jarle Vespestad
Tord Gustavsen; Jarle Vespestad
The Source Of Now
Tord Gustavsen; Simin Tander; Jarle Vespestad
Sweet Melting
Tord Gustavsen; Simin Tander
Longing To Praise Thee
Tord Gustavsen; Simin Tander; Jarle Vespestad
Afterglow / Sweet Melting
Tord Gustavsen; Simin Tander; Jarle Vespestad
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"Four Stars ... presents a quietly surprising vision of a new kind of musical fusion. It's subtle and may take a couple of listens before the beauty takes hold." - All About Jazz "... an exquisitely beautiful album, the next step in Gustavsen’s clear dual path in musical and devotional exploration. It feels very much of the present but it also reaches way back into history, it’s both earthy and airy, both physical and spiritual, both still and transporting." - TheJazzBreakfast.com "Four Stars ... a remarkable singer (in the tender-toned Simin Tander) ... Gustavsen gradually adds melodic embroidery, glimpsed grooves and electronics, with Jarle Vespestad’s fragile percussion the only other instrumental sound ... the mixture of the instrumentalists’ distilled reflections with Tander’s palette of hummed tones, sighing note bends and pristine inflections represents a beguiling new Gustavsen collaboration." - The Guardian Norwegian keyboardist Tord Gustavsen adds new colours to his musical palette on this album, which builds upon the subtle understanding of his long musical association with drummer Jarle Vespestad and introduces German-Afghan vocalist Simin Tander. The trio explores the tradition of Norwegian church music in untraditional ways, translating and shaping a selection of hymns. Tander also sings, in English, verse of Persian mystic Jalal al-Din Rumi and American proto-beat poet Kenneth Rexroth. As a pure play of sounds, the combination of Tander’s voice and Gustavsen’s piano and discreet electronics has an emotional persuasiveness of its own, beyond the limits of language.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Recorded April 2015, Rainbow Studio, Oslo Engineer: Jan Erik Kongshauk Cover photo: Maxs Franosch Liner photos: Øyvind Hjelmen, Francesco Saggio (18/19) Design: Sasha Kleis Produced by Manferd Eicher

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