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Tord Gustavsen Trio: Changing Places

Driven by mysterious forces of nature, a new crop of jazz pianists issues forth every year. According to the merciless Darwinian principles that govern fitness and survival, only a few stick around. Tord Gustavsen is one who should stick around.

When I played Changing Places for the first time without reading the jewel box, I thought it was an album of standards-lost standards that I could almost remember. Gustavsen writes songs with an aura of completion, of melodic finality. Changing Places will make the personal short list of favorite late-night jazz recordings for everyone who hears it. Gustavsen possesses a reflective lyric sensibility that overlays seamlessly on midnight.

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