TORD GUSTAVSEN

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Tord Gustavsen (born 5 October 1970 in Oslo, Norway) is a major jazz pianist and composer.

Before studying music, Gustavsen finished a degree in psychology. He studied jazz at the Conservatory of Music Trondheim and music theory at the University of Oslo. He tours extensively world-wide, and he has been a bandleader of a trio and a later ensemble both of which bore his name. The Tord Gustavsen Trio, with Harald Johnsen on double bass and Jarle Vespestad on drums, released three albums by April 2007 for ECM Records; Changing Places in 2003, The Ground (2004), and Being There (2007). He followed them with an album recorded by an ensemble he assembled in 2009, Restored, Returned - an album which was awarded with Spellemannsprisen (the Norwegian Grammy) in 2008. In addition, he has recorded as a session musician, and guested on friends' albums.

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The GroundThe Ground
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TORD GUSTAVSEN Tord Gustavsen Trio : Changing Places album cover 4.38 | 4 ratings
Tord Gustavsen Trio : Changing Places
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2003
TORD GUSTAVSEN Tord Gustavsen Trio ‎: The Ground album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Tord Gustavsen Trio ‎: The Ground
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2005
TORD GUSTAVSEN Tord Gustavsen Trio ‎: Being There album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Tord Gustavsen Trio ‎: Being There
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2007
TORD GUSTAVSEN Tord Gustavsen Ensemble : Restored, Returned album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Tord Gustavsen Ensemble : Restored, Returned
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2010
TORD GUSTAVSEN Tord Gustavsen Quartet ‎: The Well album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Tord Gustavsen Quartet ‎: The Well
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2012
TORD GUSTAVSEN Tord Gustavsen Quartet : Extended Circle album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Tord Gustavsen Quartet : Extended Circle
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2014
TORD GUSTAVSEN What Was Said album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
What Was Said
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2016
TORD GUSTAVSEN Tord Gustavsen Trio ‎: The Other Side album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tord Gustavsen Trio ‎: The Other Side
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2018

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Timisoara Jazz Festival
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2006

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TORD GUSTAVSEN Tord Gustavsen Quartet : Extended Circle

Album · 2014 · Post-Fusion Contemporary
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Amilisom
Extended Circle was my introduction to the Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen and his quartet.

As an ECM release, this album lives up to its name. It is spacious, contemplative, and has a slight trace of third-stream classical romanticism. The spacious quality is most present in "Entrance", a free track where the tenor sax quietly plays notes into the dark silence, joined occasionally with high and quiet chords in the piano.

Because I was given this album as a gift, I was disappointed to find a lack of virtuosity. Rarely throughout the album does anybody play a compelling lick that I would want to transcribe and work into my own playing. However, the value in this album comes not from the licks, but from the group as a whole. The quartet does a fantastic job communicating with each other. Everybody in the group contributes perfectly to what each track is expressing. For example, the drummer and bassist are always unified in establishing the light, delicate groove in a way that could be easily messed up by other rhythm sections. Nobody ever gets in the way of any of the others, either.

In spite of its excellent execution, I would personally say this falls within the 3-3.5 star range. It's a good one, but certainly not a masterpiece.

TORD GUSTAVSEN Tord Gustavsen Ensemble : Restored, Returned

Album · 2010 · Post-Fusion Contemporary
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idlero
After three successful and critically acclaimed trio albums Tord Gustavsen decided to expand the format by adding Tore Brunborg on sax and, probably the most significant change,Kristin Asbjørnsen on vocals while Mats Eilersten on bass replaces Harald Johnsen. Although very well received by the critics, it seems the fans were less enthusiastic about Kristin Asbjørnsen's performance on vocals. I'm not sure how much this fan reaction made an impact on the artist but fact is that for the next albun-'The Well' just released in 2012, Tord Gustavsen kept Tore Brunborg on sax but gave up the vocals, maybe he will use them again in future albums. Does good poetry ('Restored, Returned' is inspired by the work of WH Auden) make good jazz ? Some will approve, others will disaprove, after all 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder' as they say.Personally I haven't met yet a jazz album built on good poetry to knock me down but poetry is not exactly what I'm looking for, even in a vocal album. The sound in this album is more jazzy and bluesy with less classical influences and with some Middle Eastern harmonies present in two tracks. Tore Brunborg's sax which reminds me of Jan Garbarek brings a pleasant new dimension to the music. The vocals are a different story. It took me some time to get used to them-in some tracks they come very unexpectedly, even after several listenings when KA starts singing I am surprised(and not always in a pleasant way), I can understand why not everyone loved Kristin Asbjørnsen's husky voice and rather melodramatical style , she plays in seven tracks but some of the tracks the vocals are wordless. Undoubtely the instrumental parts and tracks are the strong side of the album. 'The Gate' and 'The Swirl / Wrapped in Yielding Air' are my favourite tracks. A good album which might need several listening to get into it, but if you're expecting another down-tempo with classical influences instrumental album like TG's previous three albums, then this album is probably not for you. No doubt Tord Gustavsen's most eclectic album to date(release date) and a much needed change after three great instrumental albums which sound more or less alike.

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