Tord Gustavsen Quartet | The Well | ECM 2237

Tord Gustavsen Quartet | The Well | ECM 2237
ECM 2237January 2012

Tore Brunborg: tenor saxophone
Tord Gustavsen: piano
Mats Eilertsen: double-bass
Jarle Vespestad: drums

Two years after “Restored, Returned” introduced this line-up and with extensive touring behind them, on “The Well” the four musicians of the Gustavsen Quartet really blossom as a band in a programme of new tunes by Tord. 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.