Esbjörn Svensson Trio: The Unstable Table and the Infamous Fable


The Unstable Table and the Infamous Fable


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: 96/100 (learn more)

A rolling sea of arpeggios coming from the piano lays a bed for the elegiac melody. The subsequent bass solo is vocal-inflected and thunderous, something Berglund has come to be known for. Drums and bass lay out while Svensson delves further into a free territory of elegance and purity, harkening back to the pianist's admiration for Keith Jarrett's earlier solo work. This song has moments of relaxation, followed by an energizing push to the finishing coda.

Reviewer: David Tenenholtz

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