This is music that sings, at once gentle and robust. Lyrical, immediately memorable songs, songs of an appealing freshness, yet sophisticated in their involvement with the melodic line.
In the seven years that have elapsed since the recording of a debut album that proved both a popular and a critical success, Tord Gustavsen has toured extensively, crystallizing the musical approach and developing new compositions. The second trio album The Ground was released in 2005. In 2007 the trio completed a unique trilogy with a release named Being There.
In 2009, Tord changed into a different and somewhat more flexible ensemble form, releasing the album Restored, Returned with a line-up including Kristin Asbjørnsen (vocals), Tore Brunborg (saxophones), Mats Eilertsen (bass), Jarle Vespestad (drums). The ensemble continues to perform in duo, trio, quartet and quintet formats — exploring the different internal configurations while still remaining essentially one musical project. The quartet formation has since become Tord's major touring and recording constellation, with recent ECM releases The Well (2012) and Extended Circle (2014).
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.. a dozen contemplative wonders.. A fascinating interplay
between abstraction and gospel roots (Billboard Magazine,
Gustavsen's tunes are hypnotically strong (John Fordham -
The Guardian, UK)
A trilogy [that] could be the most essential jazz document of
the last ten year. Sublime. (Phil Johnson, Independent on
There is a tremendous emotional depth to this music, which
is at the same time subtly grooving. ... music of notable charm
and lasting effect. (Ian Patterson, All About Jazz)
Ein betörendes Meisterwerk der leisen Töne (Jazzpodium,
Die Musik vereint Gegensetliches, trennt wieder, hebt
Widersprüche, spitzt sie zu - und dies alles gleichzeitig.
(Norbert Dömling, Süddeutsche Zeiting, De,)
More press quotes on www.tordgustavsen.com