Esbjörn Svensson Trio: Tide of Trepidation


Tide of Trepidation


Esbjörn Svensson Trio


Viaticum (ACT 9015-2)

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Esbjörn Svensson (piano, keyboards, percussion),

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


Recorded: Stockholm, Sweden, between August 30 and October 11, 2004


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

First in a series of concept albums, Viaticum blends musical adventures and humanistic ideals. The title is a Latin word meaning provisions for a journey, and in Catholicism denotes the premortem Eucharist. In this case, Esbjörn Svensson articulates his belief that music is spiritual nourishment for people from all walks of life. "Tide of Trepidation" has bawdiness in its groove, yet conveys a somber, inward-looking sentiment.

Reviewer: David Tenenholtz

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