Esbjörn Svensson Trio: Dodge the Dodo


Dodge the Dodo


Esbjörn Svensson Trio


E.S.T. Live '95 (ACT 9295-2)

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Esbjörn Svensson (piano, keyboards, percussion),

Dan Berglund (bass, percussion), Magnus Öström (drums, percussion)


Recorded: live in Montreaux, Switzerland, 1999


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

With a prepared piano, Svensson delivers the rollicking melody, doubled by Berglund's arco bass. An effects pedal evokes the influence of Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in Berglund's own pushing solo. Then there is a departure into another dimension as Svensson draws upon Keith Jarrett's The Köln Concert of solo improvisations to great result. Never a fan of transcribing licks, Svensson here details his own approach to playing within the mood or flavor of a jazz master, while not being a copier. Jarrett himself told Japanese concert promoter Toshinari Koinuma to book e.s.t. in 2002, and that's a cat who only a few years ago said in a Down Beat interview that no one was doing anything original anymore.

Reviewer: David Tenenholtz

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