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Tord Gustavsen Quartet: Extended Circle CD Release
February 21, 2014
The Tord Gustavsen Quartet performs at Saint Peter's Church - the first stop on a U.S. tour releasing the celebrated new album, Extended Circle.

Advance tickets are available by donation.

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About Tord Gustavsen Quartet

This is music that sings, at once gentle and robust, made from lyrical, immediately memorable songs of appealing freshness, yet sophisticated in their involvement with melodic line. Tord Gustavsen is on a constant search for a fresh and radically stripped-down, honest beauty in music. The band works to explore, integrate and serve a holy trinity of emotional intensity, elegance, and meditative musical breathing.

Gustavsen released a trilogy of trio albums that proved both a popular and a critical success. The trio toured extensively worldwide, crystallizing its musical approach and developing new compositions.
Tord then presented a commissioned work for Norway's Vossajazz Festival that became the starting point for the evolution of his trio into the current quartet, with Tore Brunborg on saxophones, Mats Eilertsen on bass and Jarle Vespestad on drums. In 2014, the quartet releases Tord's sixth album on ECM Records -- Extended Circle. This concert is the start of their US release tour, celebrating this album and with it the completion of two distinctive trilogies.

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Comments from the press

"Their playing is thoughtful and unobtrusive, and they never collide with one another. His playing floats and is beautifully melodic and spacious. Gustavsen's compositions...are soothing and tuneful. In almost 20 years of attending the Montreal Jazz Festival, Tord Gustavsen's performance stands as a musical highpoint."

Ross Porter, JAZZ.FM91 (Toronto), July 2012
"The qualities in Gustavsen's music of affection and respect -- for each note, interval, rolling modulation, silence, and fellow player -- are perhaps as high as I have heard in improvised music. These lullabies are not for putting the listener to sleep, but to quiet the listener enough to be able to fully hear them. The Well is the opposite of a blowing or cutting session -- the emphasis is not on how many notes can be played, or how virtuosically, but on how much music can be made with as few notes as possible. Gustavsen's classical training is audible in his precise articulation; he seems to release each note with reluctance, only when it, or he, is ready. The music sounds no less spontaneous for seeming almost through-composed. The players to do not impose themselves on listener or rhythm. Instead, one feels invited to an intimate musical séance in which the music is revealed in utter nakedness, with no hint of exhibitionism."

Richard Lehnert, Stereophile, April 2012