Esbjörn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.): Somewhere Else Before

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Somewhere Else Before

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Esbjörn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.)

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Good Morning Susie Soho (ACT Music 9009)

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Musicians:

Esbjörn Svensson (piano), Dan Berglund (bass), Magnus Öström (drums).

Composed by Esbjörn Svensson, Dan Berglund and Magnus Öström

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Recorded: Stockholm, March-April, 2000

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Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

In an art form based on heroic individualism, E.S.T. stands out for its attempts to forge a collective identity. Esbjörn Svensson's talent looms large here, and he could have cast himself in the starring role, but instead he collaborates with Dan Berglund and Magnus Öström in painting a stirring sonic landscape. The composition itself is deceptively simple, based on motives of two or three notes. But this modest melody gives us all the more reason to admire the tapestry of delicate sound colors that E.S.T. builds around it. The open spaces and understated pulse here are handled masterfully. This is a different type of piano trio, and perhaps a harbinger of fresh, new way of playing jazz.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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