Thursday, February 25, 2016

NORWAY: Tord Gustavsen , Simin Tander , Jarle Vespestad - What Was Said (ECM 2016)

 What Was Said

What was said brings new colors to Tord Gustavsens musical palette. His new project introduces the entrancing German-Afghan vocalist Simin Tander, and builds upon the subtle understanding of his long musical association with drummer Jarle Vespestad.

Within the trio, Tander rises to the challenge of being both a soloistic interpreter of melody and an ensemble member, singing accompanying motifs, and contributing to improvisations in which the three of us are equals in terms of sharing ideas, says Gustavsen. She has a unique way of improvising, finding sounds that really work, staying with them, developing them very gradually. She has a discipline that really appeals to me and Jarle.

The combination of the intimacy of her voice, with Gustavsens melodically inventive piano and discreet electronics, and Vespestads patient, textural touch has considerable emotional persuasiveness.