Tord Gustavsen Trio

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November 2022

Tord Gustavsen is certainly Norway's most outstanding jazz pianist. With his latest CD on ECM "The other side" - after all his eighth release on the renowned label - he ties in with his earlier trio records, which were very well received by critics and the audience and established his good reputation: "Hypnotic power" and "distilled magic" were attested to the trio.


Their own compositions, religious Scandinavian music, Norwegian folklore and chorales by Johann Sebastian Bach form the basis for the current CD and the concerts of the trio Tord Gustavsen (piano), Sigurd Hole (bass) and Jarle Vespestad (drums). An almost sacred chamber jazz, lyrical, hymnal, quiet, perfectly balanced is served to the listener. Tord Gustavsen's meticulousness is for the intense melody, with an enormous feeling for time and space he seems to float through the compositions with his fellow musicians. The whole thing is a tremendously intense indulgence in the song - elegant and deep. Every nuance counts, there is no dividing line between theme and improvisation. What seems calm, bursts with inner tension, timbre painters bow to the great melody. Gustavsen's instrumental and compositional skills make the handling of complex but also catchy melodies seem easy and unagitated and make him and his fellow musicians one of the best piano trios of our time. The drummer Jarle Vespestad is a real brother in spirit, he has played hundreds of concerts together with Tord Gustavsen - "We discovered our feeling for micro-timing very early, in the ballads. Jarle can groove back and play so quietly that all the timbres of the piano can be heard - despite or because of his technical abilities." Tord Gustavsen enthuses about his new bass player: "Sigurd also brings modal folk melodies into the music as a matter of course, which allows us to tie even closer to these roots. This is now an almost unconscious process, the old Norwegian lullabies and dance forms flow in automatically."


Atmospherically, the mixture of compositions and chorale arrangements ranges from sustained beauty to flowing dynamics, always shaped by the almost telepathic understanding of the three musicians. "Of course I like to analyse and break things down, but first and foremost I want to touch people with my music in the way I want to be touched by music. For me, that's the real meaning behind what I do: to be touched and to touch others."

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PORGY & BESS Jazzclub

Porgy & Bess (actually, Jazz and Music Club Porgy & Bess ) is a jazz club in the Riemergasse 11 in the 1st district of Vienna. The club , founded in 1993 is considered " the most important jazz organizer and trendy meeting point " of the Austrian capital .

The program of Porgy & Bess speaks to a very large audience , about 70,000 guests a year ; is accordingly Jazz " understood very pluralistic ," and the program " even in fringe areas , such as electronic music , contemporary music and world music penetrated . " Many international artists , particularly from the U.S. space , see also Austrian musician here an opportunity to perform . The club also offers the stage for events, such as the award of the Austrian World Music Award.

Musicologist Christian Scheib According to the Porgy & Bess " at the same time essential for the development of the musical ( jazz ) reality of a City" and needs and uses ' plain commonplace as urban space music. " It creates itself " through artistic preferences, acoustic quality , capacity and real capacity, the necessary exclusion of other clubs. " Here, the different areas of the jazz clubs allow - the area in front of the stage with tables, upstairs gallery , a lateral area with a bar at counter - different intense concentration on the concert scene . For Jazzthetik Porgy & Bess is even a " traditional club . "

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