Restored, Returned

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Restored, Returned
Studio album by Tord Gustavsen Ensemble
Released October 12, 2009 (2009-10-12)
Recorded January 2009
Rainbow Studio, Oslo
Genre Jazz
Length 51:07
Label ECM
ECM 2107
Producer Manfred Eicher
Tord Gustavsen chronology
Being There
(2007)Being There2007
Restored, Returned
The Well
(2011)The Well2011

Restored, Returned is an album by Norwegian jazz pianist and composer Tord Gustavsen Emsemble recorded in 2009 and released on the ECM label.[1][2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Guardian 4/5 stars[1]


Outstanding poetry has a funny way of yielding up secrets to readers at the strangest time. Some of W.H. Auden’s poetry seemed to call upon the Norwegian jazz pianist Tord Gustavsen, when on tour in Oxford. The compositions of Gustavsen are consistently intriguing, evolving slyly at odd angles, often ending someplace completely unexpected. the band is a completely new constellation with Mats Eilertsen as a substitute of Harald Johnsen after his illness. Kristin Asbjøørnsen is one of the "old" companions of Gustavsen, and his music fits perfectly for her distinctive voice.[citation needed]


The Guardian review by John Fordham awarded the album 4 stars. The All About Jazz reviewer John Kelman stated:

Gustavsen continues to be a marvel of economical invention, a player who speaks little but says much. Restored, Returned is a logical extension/expansion on his previous ECM releases, as his nuanced, tender playing eschews stereotypical references to Norwegian music as icy or cool, even as "The Way In" cinematically traverses imaginary bodies of water explored regularly by pianist Ketil Bjørnstad. But with more colors at his disposal and a greater attention to song form—even as the result feels somehow freer—Gustavsen has shaped an album even more appealing in its subtle but unmistakable experimentation[.][2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Child Within" (3:48)
  2. "Way In" (4:29)
  3. "Lay Your Sleeping Head, My Love" (2:50)
  4. "Spiral Song" (4:01)
  5. "Restored, Returned" (5:55)
  6. "Left Over Lullaby No. 2" (4:44)
  7. "The Swirl/Wrapped In a Yielding Air" (5:23)
  8. "Left Over Lullaby No. 1/O Stand, Stand At the Window" (7:18)
  9. "Your Crooked Heart" (3:41)
  10. "The Gaze" (5:39)
  11. "Left Over Lullaby No. 3" (3:04)



  • Design – Sascha Kleis
  • Engineer – Jan Erik Kongshaug
  • Cover photography – Jan Fricke
  • Liner photos – Hans Fredrik Asbjørnsen
  • Producer – Manfred Eicher
  • Words By – W. H. Auden (tracks: 3, 5, 7, 8)



  1. ^ a b Fordham, John (2009-10-15). "Tord Gustavsen Ensemble: Restored, Returned (ECM) - Review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  2. ^ a b c Kelman, John (2010-02-11). "Tord Gustavsen Ensemble: Restored, Returned (2009) Review". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  3. ^ "Tord Gustavsen Ensemble – Restored, Returned". Retrieved 2012-12-09.