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Tord Gustavsen Trio

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.

Tord's music is still melodic and almost romantic. It still displays a striking, spacious 'Nordic-Caribbean-gospel- bluesy' fresh feel while presenting Tord Gustavsen's original compositions. But the ensemble also explores some new musical fields in its interaction, and the inclusion of two really strong lyrical 'voices' widens the musical palette considerable. The musicians are just as un-compromising in their search for beauty as they are in their search for a creative approach with fresh phrasing and imaginative playing.

Source: Allaboutjazz.com

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/musician.php?id=15050

Live at Cosmopolite (April 2007 - Oslo).
Tord Gustavsen Trio - Still There (live, 2007)

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