Esbjörn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.): Dating
Esbjörn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.)
From Gagarin's Point of View (ACT 9005)
Composed by Esbjörn Svensson, Dan Berglund and Magnus Öström.
Recorded: Atlantis Studio, Stockholm, Sweden, May-November, 1998
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
Esbjörn Svensson's trio E.S.T. stands out as one of the most interesting European jazz ensembles of recent years -- but to call this a great European band is far too limiting. E.S.T. demands our attention as one of the finest piano trios to be found anywhere. I have long felt that many of the implications of the early ECM recordings, and in particular Keith Jarrett's masterful Facing You, have not been sufficiently understood and developed by later musicians. Jarrett himself went off in different directions, and no one else seemed interested or capable of mining this rich vein of harmonic textures and compositional devices. But E.S.T. builds new superstructures on this ground, adding much of their own inspiration and creativity in the process. Svensson, in particular, has a first-rate musical mind and shows here that he needs to be mentioned when the discussion turns to the best jazz pianists of the current day.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia