The Well (Tord Gustavsen album)

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The Well
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Studio album by Tord Gustavsen Quartet
Released January 27, 2012 (2012-01-27)
Recorded February 2011
Rainbow Studio, Oslo
Genre Jazz
Length 53:13
Label ECM
ECM 2237
Producer Manfred Eicher
Tord Gustavsen chronology
Restored, Returned
(2009)Restored, Returned2009
The Well
Extended Circle
(2014)Extended Circle2014

The Well is a jazz album by pianist Tord Gustavsen and his quartet. Recorded in February 2011, it was released by ECM Records on January 27, 2012 as ECM 2237.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]


The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars stating:

The title cut, the other pillar of this album, commences with a mysterious, nearly floating lyric figure stated on piano and answered by Brunborg's warm, welcoming tenor before it enters the realm of something approaching drift. That said, the focus on melody is quietly intense, even as the track becomes more abstract toward the middle; bass, piano, and saxophone all trade fours in rotation, answering and questioning further. Brunborg even moves toward blues in his solo. Playing quietly does require tremendous energy and discipline, and often runs counter to the improviser's instincts.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Tord Gustavsen.

  1. "Prelude" (2:51)
  2. "Playing" (5:38)
  3. "Suite" (8:22)
  4. "Communion" (4:36)
  5. "Circling" (4:42)
  6. "Glasgow Intro" (1:13)
  7. "On Every Corner" (5:14)
  8. "The Well" (5:50)
  9. "Communion, Var." (5:58)
  10. "Intuition" (4:33)
  11. "Inside" (4:16)