12 Songs, 53 Minutes

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.

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.

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