The Ground

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The Ground
The Ground (Tord Gustavsen Trio) coverart.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 31, 2005 (2005-01-31)
RecordedJanuary 2004
Rainbow Studio, Oslo
ECM 1892
ProducerManfred Eicher
Tord Gustavsen chronology
Changing Places
The Ground
Being There

The Ground (released 31 January 31, 2005 in Germany on the label ECM - ECM 1892) is an album by Norwegian jazz pianist and composer Tord Gustavsen recorded in 2004.[1][2][3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Guardian5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]


«Melancholia is marvellous - and quiet», stated The Guardian reviewer Stuart Nicholson and awarded the album 5 stars,[1] and the Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos awarded the album 3½ stars stating:

... Gustavsen, while playing laid-back, pristine, pretty, and serene music, is far from challenging convention or pushing the envelope. Conversely, his personal voice is fully realized. Time will tell whether this style finds a worldwide audience, moves away from this type of contemporary texture music, or takes the approach he has established to any more extreme measures, even softer or more forceful...[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. «Tears Transforming» (5:38)
  2. «Being There» (4:17)
  3. «Twins» (4:57)
  4. «Curtains Aside» (5:15)
  5. «Colours of Mercy» (6:09)
  6. «Sentiment» (5:35)
  7. «Kneeling Down» (5:48)
  8. «Reach Out and Touch It» (5:48)
  9. «Edges of Happiness» (3:07)
  10. «Interlude» (2:03)
  11. «Token of Tango» (4:12)
  12. «The Ground» (7:16)




  1. ^ a b c Nicholson, Stuart (2005-02-20). "Tord Gustavsen, The Ground Review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-12-09.
  2. ^ a b c Nastos, Michael G. "Tord Gustavsen The Ground Review". Retrieved 2012-12-09.
  3. ^ "ECM discography". ECM Records. Retrieved 2012-12-09.
  4. ^ "Tord Gustavsen Trio – The Ground". Retrieved 2012-12-09.