For his soon to be released album The Other Side, jazz pianist and composer Tord Gustavsen returns to the piano trio setting, expanding its repertoire with bluesy new compositions and unique arrangements of J.S. Bach chorales and traditional Scandinavian hymns.
Joining him are bassist Sigurd Hole and his long-standing collaborator, drummer Jarle Vespestad. The elements of Gustavsen's work reflects a paradoxical blend of simplicity, quietude, and sensuality built on the hymns of his youth, a Nordic kind of blues, and an instinct for composition. After nearly a decade of creativity, he brings to his piano trio a new perspective that moves his music forward.
This program is generously supported by the Koret Foundation. The Koret Jazz Project is a multiyear initiative to support, expand, and celebrate the role of jazz in the artistic and educational programming of Stanford Live.