Norway's Tord Gustavsen came forth with a new and unique sound that commanded worldwide attention, an extraordinary achievement given the rich and well-developed history of jazz piano that preceded him. He focuses on lyricism within a stripped-down approach to music, where playing is gentle, yet robust; expression of melody is simple, yet sophisticated, and beauty and emotional intensity are united.
"In his sensitive precise touch and his knowledge of how silence deepens melody, he has always been able to lay bare the most private emotions. When you listen to him, it is always a revelation to discover that those emotions have been felt by someone other than yourself."
THOMAS CONRAD, STEREOPHILE (USA)
"There are an infinite number of piano trios. But seldom does one stand out from the crowd with a special sound. Pianist Tord Gustavsen, restrained, melodic double bass player Sigurd Hole, and drummer Jarle Vespestad make such an exception."
PATRICK BEBELAAR, AUDIO MAGAZINE (GERMANY)
"... Gustavsen's lyrical soloing captures a range of indelible emotion, his notes soaring and tumbling with grace. The trio's ability to capture doubt, joy and anxiety with a few notes is breathtaking." (Four stars)
ANDREW JONES, DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE (USA)