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Tord Gustavsen / Simin Tander

What was said (vinyl)

  • Type LP 12inch
  • Label ECM
  • UPC 0602547665324
  • Catalog number ECMLP 4766532
  • Release date 05 February 2016
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About the album

What was said brings new colours to Tord Gustavsen’s musical palette. His latest trio project builds upon the subtle understanding of his long musical association with drummer Jarle Vespestad, introduces the entrancing Afghan-German vocalist Simin Tander, and explores the tradition of Norwegian church music in a most untraditional way: “For the repertoire of the new project, Simin and I have been working with Afghan poet B. Hamsaaya, translating and shaping a selection of hymns that I grew up with in Norway into Pashto,” Gustavsen explains. “This process has been challenging and really fruitful. We have gone quite far in interpreting the lyrics in a more ‘integral’ manner, reaching into a space where I feel that Sufism and Christianity actually meet. The Norwegian hymns are my ‘standards’ – reaching deeper down in my musical and spiritual being than the typical jazz canon. The sound and feel of the Norwegian hymns in Pashto is truly captivating.” Simin Tander also sings, in English, verse of Persian mystic Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-73) and US proto-Beat poet Kenneth Rexroth (1905-82). As a pure play of sounds, too, the combination of Tander’s voice and Gustavsen’s piano and discreet electronics has an emotional persuasiveness of its own, outside the limits of language. The trio takes its programme of “hymns and visions” to the concert halls and clubs of Europe in the first months of 2016.
What was said was recorded at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in April 2015 and produced by Manfred Eicher.  

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    Your Grief
     
    02:45
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    I See You
     
    05:08
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    Imagine The Fog Disappearing
     
    06:20
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    A Castle In Heaven
     
    04:46
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    Journey Of Life
     
    07:21
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    I Refuse
     
    05:38
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    What Was Said To the Rose - O Sacred Head
     
    05:31
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    The Way You Play My Heart
     
    03:01
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    Rull
     
    03:02
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    The Source Of Now
     
    04:19
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    Sweet Melting (duo)
     
    03:20
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    Longing To Praise Thee
     
    04:26
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    Sweet Melting Afterglow
     
    03:39
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    The Way You Play My Heart
     
    03:01
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    2
    Rull
     
    03:02
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    The Source Of Now
     
    04:19
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    Sweet Melting
     
    03:20
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    Longing To Praise Thee
     
    04:26
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    Sweet Melting Afterglow
     
    03:39

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