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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

10 Ratings

Smooth or not...


This is an audaciously romantic collection. I've read what Tord has to say on his website and have no clue what it has to do with this music. He's got a good ear for melody. So much so the tunes seem like you've heard them before and you know you haven't. I'm tempted to call this smooth jazz except there's way more to it than that. This is the kind of music that won't change your mood but if you're ready for it will certainly accentuate what you're feeling.

About Tord Gustavsen Trio

Before he started his trio, Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen was already very much involved in his country's jazz scene. Contributions to releases by groups like the Silje Nergaard Band, the Ulrich Drechsler Quartet, and others had already helped to establish him as one of Norway's top players. In 2003, signed to ECM, Gustavsen, along with drummer Jarle Vespestad and bassist Harald Johnsen, released Changing Places, which was followed in 2005 with Ground. Two years later, Being There, what Gustavsen called the completion of the trilogy, hit shelves. In 2010, Gustavsen delivered Restored, Returned on ECM, featuring vocalist Kristin Asbjørnsen. He issued his first quartet recording, Well, in 2012, and his second, Extended Circle, in January of 2014. After touring internatrionally on both the festival and club circuits, Gustavsen and his trio (with Simin Tander in place of Johnsen in the bass chair) re-entered the studio and recorded What Was Said; it was released by ECM in early 2016.

    Oslo, Norway
  • BORN
    Oct 5, 1970

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