Nordic Soundscapes

Experience the sparse beauty of the Tord Gustavsen trio on this edition of New Sounds. The Norwegian pianist has just released a second CD called “The Ground” on which the trio’s minimalist though expressive playing delivers the listener into a kind of hushed and sober reflective state. Also, listen to the Norwegian saxophone player Jan Garbarek from an album of intricate duets with Ralph Towner, “Dis.” Note that this release goes back to the early days of the ECM label. Plus, there’s music by both the Norwegian double-bass player Arild Andersen and the pianist/composer Ketil Bjornstad

PROGRAM #2407, Norwegian Landscapes (First aired on Tues., 5/3/05)

Tord Gustavsen Trio The Ground Tears Transforming [5:30] ECM #1892** *
Ketil Bjørnstad The Sea Part I [8:00] ECM #1545 *
Tord Gustavsen Trio The Ground Edges Of Happiness [3:00] See above.
Terje Rypdal If Mountains Could Sing If Mountains Could Sing [5:00] ECM #1554 *
Jan Garbarek Dis Vandrere [13:30] ECM #1093** *
Arild Andersen Hyperborean Hyperborean[5:00] Patch of Light II [2:00] ECM #1631** *
Jan Garbarek Dis Dis, excerpt [4:00] See above.

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