“Instrumental albums don’t come along often anymore and fewer still are memorable. Nordlund’s album is distinguished by many things, but one of its crowning characteristics is its aura. Divide Avenue feels like an album meant to last and a personal statement. There isn’t a second of filler to be found and even less pretension or self-indulgence.”Cyrus Rhodes
“Nordlund is an anomaly in our world. This is an American musician who brings a good sense of what audiences want, his own ambitions, and musical facility to his work and manages to balance those competing elements better than most. Divide Avenue shows off this balance splendidly. Its eight songs never run on too long, fire the imagination right off, and are fleshed out by top notch players who seemingly understand everything Nordlund does or are simply willing to trust his vision. You’ll hear few albums ever that are this diverse and so successful at pulling it off.”Pamela Bellmore
“Thomas Nordlund is musician as magician, a playing talent capable of fleshing out entire landscapes with only a few notes. There is something almost painterly about this album, even literary. Divide Avenue is a moving work of musical poetry.”Lydia Hillenburg
“…the live-recorded instrumental album variably brought back memories of that shared stage in the early ‘60s when jazz and rock guitar started to intermingle, as well as the wide open spaces and slow burning riffs associated with the American southwest.”Mikhail Schilkey
“Regardless of genre, this is one of the year’s most compelling debuts. Nordlund’s musical acumen and imagination are off the charts and it’s reflected in an eight song collection that manages to entertain, challenge, provoke, and soothe in the same package. Divide Avenue has real substantive value and broad based appeal.”David Shouse
“Divide Avenue parades a variety of voices for the listener’s enjoyment and each one speaks from an emotional rather than technical point of view. Connecting with this music isn’t difficult. It’s a vibrant work of musical art and one of the best instrumental releases in recent memory.”Lance Wright
“Nordlund’s eight songs play like lean focused works of art. Is it a perfect album, no, but Divide Avenue ranks among the best guitar instrumental albums recorded in the last two decades.”Joshua Stryde
Thomas Nordlund’s debut release is a nostalgic road song, narrated through the gritty sounds of electric baritone guitar. The music paints a cinematic ode to his adventures through the expansive landscapes of Baja, Mexico.
A Twin-Cities based guitarist, Thomas composed this eight song collection over the course of a year, while challenging himself to write and record a new song every week. The album was recorded live at The Hideaway in Minneapolis.
Thomas studied guitar with Roger Brotherhood, Jaime Guiscafre, Bob Sneider, and Tim Sparks, and holds a B.A. in guitar performance from the University of Minnesota-Morris and a Certificate in Jazz Studies from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. In addition to performing his own music, he is an active sideman with Chris Bates' Red 5, Sarah Morris, and the Jana Nyberg Group.
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