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Tears Transforming Tears Transforming 5:33    
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Track length:5:33
Artist: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Performer: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Tord Gustavsen
ISRC: DEB330489251
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Being There Being There 4:17    
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Track length:4:17
Artist: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Performer: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Tord Gustavsen
ISRC: DEB330489252
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Twins Twins 4:57    
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Track length:4:57
Artist: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Performer: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Tord Gustavsen
ISRC: DEB330489253
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Curtains Aside Curtains Aside 5:15    
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Track length:5:15
Artist: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Performer: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Tord Gustavsen
ISRC: DEB330489254
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Colours of Mercy Colours of Mercy 6:09    
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Track length:6:09
Artist: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Performer: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Tord Gustavsen
ISRC: DEB330489255
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Sentiment Sentiment 5:35    
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Track length:5:35
Artist: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Performer: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Tord Gustavsen
ISRC: DEB330489256
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Kneeling Down Kneeling Down 5:48    
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Track length:5:48
Artist: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Performer: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Tord Gustavsen
ISRC: DEB330489257
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Reach Out and Touch It Reach Out and Touch It 5:49    
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Track length:5:49
Artist: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Performer: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Tord Gustavsen
ISRC: DEB330489258
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Edges of Happiness Edges of Happiness 3:07    
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Track length:3:07
Artist: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Performer: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Tord Gustavsen
ISRC: DEB330489259
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Interlude Interlude 2:03    
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Track length:2:03
Artist: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Performer: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Tord Gustavsen
ISRC: DEB330489260
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Token of Tango Token of Tango 4:12    
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Track length:4:12
Artist: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Performer: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Tord Gustavsen
ISRC: DEB330489261
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The Ground The Ground 7:16    
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Track length:7:16
Artist: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Performer: Tord Gustavsen Trio
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Tord Gustavsen
ISRC: DEB330489262

Tord Gustavsen - piano
Harald Johnsen - double-bass
Jarle Vespestad - drums

Recorded January 2004

Of the Norwegian artists that ECM has introduced over the years, pianist Tord Gustavsen must count as one of the least “Nordic” in musical temperament. If the contemplative component of his music and its quietude still reflect Scandinavian priorities, the manner in which he has sought and located connections to early jazz – especially the blues, gospel music, and the nexus of Caribbean music and New Orleans jazz - is entirely his own.

"The Ground" reveals a stronger sense of purpose and a greater conceptual rigour than "Changing Places" , the trio's debut album. Without sacrificing the clear-edged melodic sensibility that can already be considered one of the hallmarks of Gustavsen’s writing, the musicians are better able to do improvise within the structure of the pieces. An immediate popular success, "The Ground" topped Norway's pop charts in its second week of release.

About Tord Gustavsen Trio:

This is music that sings, at once gentle and robust. Lyrical, immediately memorable songs, songs of an appealing freshness, yet sophisticated in their involvement with the melodic line.

In the seven years that have elapsed since the recording of a debut album that proved both a popular and a critical success, Tord Gustavsen has toured extensively, crystallizing the musical approach and developing new compositions. The second trio album "The Ground" was released in 2005. In 2007 the trio completed a unique trilogy with a release named "Being There".

In 2009, Tord changed into a different and somewhat more flexible ensemble form, releasing the album "Restored, Returned" with a line-up including Kristin Asbjørnsen (vocals), Tore Brunborg (saxophones), Mats Eilertsen (bass), Jarle Vespestad (drums). The ensemble continues to perform in duo, trio, quartet and quintet formats -- exploring the different internal configurations while still remaining essentially one mu...