Norwegian bassist Andersen's reputation in Europe over the decades is well established. He has appeared on a number of significant recordings, most notably Jan Garbarek's SAGN, and with his own iconoclastic ensemble Masqualero. IF YOU LOOK FAR ENOUGH distills those past endeavors into a most atmospheric, spacious outing. The more traditional elements of Andersen's heritage meet face-to-face with a profoundly European free-jazz sensibility.
Andersen's guests add noticeable flecks of color and some subtle energy to his nearly minimalist basslines. Ralph Towner's shifting facades of cloudy guitars add a more fluid resonance to the tracks. So does unsung percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, whose legendary stints on countless jazz and world/ethnic albums are all stellar. IF YOU DON'T LOOK FAR ENOUGH is a ruminative album, capable of striking a variety of moods.