It had to come at some point and I almost bet my life on the fact that it would happen with the release of their third album … and it did, somewhat. The Tord Gustavsen Trio put out a new album and if you mosey on past those usual “great album …” reviews by people who either get paid to say exactly that or simply aren’t willing to put up the effort to listen to an album more closely before they publish what it is they publish every darn time, you come across quite a few (sometimes guarded) reviews by listeners, both in print and in conversation, who perhaps weren’t too happy with the new album (at first). In short, some people thought it was “boring” or, perhaps less harshly put, “the same procedure as last year.” Continue Reading →
It has become far too rare a thing nowadays to be able to study three outstanding, highly-trained and eminently soulful musicians practicing their craft in front of an appreciative (but small) live audience. I treasure these moments, of which I had many these past twenty-five or thirty years, and tonight I was given the opportunity to add a special highlight to these experiences.
I have written about the Tord Gustavsen Trio several times before, although only a shorter piece survived the many reincarnations of this site, but today – and I warned the other musicians of the trio before posting this – I’m not going to write about the wonderful concert experience as a whole, but about Jarle Vespestad. It seemed like the other two didn’t mind. Continue Reading →
The Tord Gustavsen Trio from Norway has only released two CDs so far, but those two shot to the top of my list within seconds upon release – not a bad feat if you consider that the list is several thousand CDs long – and they have remained at the top of the list ever since they got there. You could say that I have become addicted to them and that what we have here is one of those extremely rare occurences: 2 CDs I don’t seem to be getting tired of, at all. Continue Reading →