TORD GUSTAVSEN QUARTET - (Norway)
At the forefront of Scandinavian jazz for more than a decade, Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen creates music that is moody and reflective, evoking peacefulness and foreboding in equal measure. Tord is a pianist of poetic cast, an exceptionally lucid player with a sure sense of melodic structure and an often astonishing lyrical imagination.It is his 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. His Quartet works to explore, integrate and serve a holy trinity of emotional intensity, elegance, and meditative musical breathing.
Tord Gustavsen - piano, Tore Brunborg - saxophone, Jesper Vespestad - drums, Sigurd Hole - bass - and Daniel Wold - sound design
"Each note seems to hold sacred power...quietly spellbinding." - DownBeat