Esbjörn Svensson Trio: When God Created the Coffeebreak


When God Created the Coffeebreak


Esbjörn Svensson Trio


Strange Place for Snow (Sbme Special Mkts.)

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Esbjörn Svensson (piano, keyboards, percussion),

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


Recorded: April 2001-December 2001


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

An off-kilter left-hand bassline that is doubled by Dan Berglund shows off the skills of these instrumental experts in one of the few straight-up classical references in this album. Svensson himself was criticized for not being a virtuoso at times, but he understood the value of studying Bach just like Bill Evans did. In fact, the link is closer than one might think due to Svensson's trio gaining a wealth of knowledge in their early days by "trying to play in the sound of Bill Evans," which meant not to copy the style, but the mood of tunes such as "Nardis" and "'Round Midnight."

Reviewer: David Tenenholtz

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