Tord Gustavsen Trio

Tuesday, 17 January

As a pianist, the Norwegian Tord Gustavsen is a gentleman—spiritual through and through, receptive to every note from the subtle realm. Gustavsen is back after a long recording break with a trio album that comforts us in its peacefulness and caresses us with all its tenderness. "Opening" is a humanistic statement that the pianist opposes to all the tensions of the outside world. Nordic sound at its finest!
Gustavsen began his ECM career with three trio albums released between 2003 and 2007, which were as well received by audiences as by critics. JazzTimes said the trilogy had the power of "distilled magic," while the Guardian wrote: "Gustavsen's melodies are mesmerizingly strong and the bass and drums are totally integrated in his regular trio." Subsequently, Gustavsen explored the quartet format as well as working with an extended ensemble and the alternative trio with Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad. On “The Other Side,” the Norwegian pianist returns to the classic piano trio. The loyal drummer Jarle Vespestad, who has followed Gustavsen for around 20 years, is once again on board. The position of bassist was taken by Sigurd Hole, who had already replaced Mats Eilertsen in the Tord Gustavsen Quartet in 2014. Hole's eclectic approach—which has both folk and modern jazz influences—fits perfectly with Gustavsen's quietly evolving, deeply melodic pieces.
Tickets are CHF 25.90-76.90.


Martinskirchplatz 4
4051 Basel

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