The trio led by the Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen is one of the most pleasant groups to come out of Europe. Its members play with a light touch informed as much by classical pianists as by the American jazz tradition. The Gustavsen Trio’s music is a serious music, airy in texture and minimalist in structure. It is melodic, but it is simple. It breathes. Being There, the third disc from Gustavsen, bassist Harald Johnsen and drummer Jarle Vespestad, is much like the first two. The tunes are short and employ an economy of notes, yet they take a while to develop. They could serve as the soundtrack to a movie in which it rains a lot.
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