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Tord Gustavsen: Quiet is the New Loud

Stuart Nicholson writes about the amazing pianist Tord Gustavsen, one of the latest in a long line of fine musicians ECM has plucked out of Norway.

And Christopher Porter fills us in on the rest of the current Norwegian scene, which builds on ECM’s legacy while creating its own.

The Bad Plus: These are the Bad Plus

The most controversial band in jazz today is neither some plugged-in improv band nor a no-stones smooth-jazz group. No, the Bad Plus is an acoustic piano trio that makes many people fall in love with jazz for the first time even as it turns off longtime listeners to the music. Why are tastes so divided about the Band Plus? Tad Hendrickson talks with the band about their phenomenal success over the past year. Meanwhile, Bill Milkowski dissects the group, and John Murph wonders aloud if race is part of the Bad Plus’ popularity.