While thanking my brother... aehm... friend, Giorgio for hinting this shining gem... here is a review I found on the matter:
"TORD GUSTAVSEN TRIO Changing Places (ECMCD1834)
No, I had never heard of Tord Gustavsen before, either, but it is obvious we are going to hear a lot more of this singular Norwegian pianist. So much wonderful music has been made using the piano/bass/drums combination - so much on this same label, from the likes of Keith Jarrett, Marilyn Crispell, John Taylor and Paul Bley - that one would doubt a new pianist could come along who immediately sounds so utterly distinctive and arresting.
Gustavsen is all that and more. Each and every touch on the keyboard is not just a note being struck, but a carefully sculpted sound of almost breathtaking passion and beauty.
The titles, like the opening
All compositions are by Gustavsen, and each is a different mode of seduction:
The longest piece,
The accumulative effect could be described as aural love-making, and, indeed, Gustavsen has referred to "the eroticism of improvisation" and the "subtle funkiness" of his music. This is bad. Who needs critics when artists can sum up their own music so aptly? I'll just add that it is unreservedly recommended as one of the key releases of the year.
Sydney Morning Herald
Also thanking John Shand for his essay, let me point it out the following...
Someone who wasn't named above is the noblest of noble, Bill Evans' trio with Motian and LaFaro, the highest peak in this unforgiving, superb, yet humble, unassuming art: jazz trio.
The disk on ECM is this good, pals... give it a try.