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Esbjorn SVENSON Trio (E.S.T.) – Seven Days Of Falling 2004 (AVI)

Posted in Esbjörn SVENSSON, JAZZ, MOVIES on December 1, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Esbjorn SVENSON Trio (E.S.T.) – Seven Days Of Falling 2004 (AVI)


Now in their tenth year, the Swedish piano trio e.s.t. has gradually evolved into a significant force on the European scene, playing to packed houses and releasing records that figure on jazz and pop charts. Why they’ve never managed to achieve the same level of success in North America is a mystery. The more elegant alternative to the Bad Plus, they share a similar penchant for song-like structure, but with a more delicate approach, clearly rooted in Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, as opposed to the Bad Plus’ roots in Thelonious Monk. They even shared labels, with Columbia releasing the ’01 compilation Somewhere Else Before as well as their compelling ’02 effort, Strange Place for Snow.

Sadly, they mustn’t have moved enough copies to satisfy Columbia’s powers that be, because their most recent disk, Seven Days of Falling , has remained noticeably absent from the shelves in North America for nearly a year. Finally 215 Music has stepped up to the plate to release the disk along with a bonus DVD containing four songs from their European live concert video, Live in Stockholm , and that makes the package as good an introduction to the group as any, as well as satisfying existing fans who have been waiting for this album for many months.

With Seven Days of Falling e.s.t., consisting of pianist Esbjörn Svensson, bassist Dan Berglund and percussionist Magnus Öström, moves even further towards song form, and ups the ante in terms of what has traditionally been more subtle electronic processing. “Mingle in the Mincing- Machine” starts with a fuzz bass and clangy industrial-sounding percussion that drives a bouncy melody before moving into a rhythmical ostinato over which Berglund delivers a raucous solo. Svensson’s solo is more subtly treated, with light washes in the background. Still, while the electronics are more overt than before, e.s.t. manages to use them in a refreshing way that adds to the music without completely defining it.

Contrasting up-tempo tunes like the bass-driven “Did They Ever Tell Cousteau” and the weighty “O.D.R.I.P.,” the album also has its share of tender moments, including the sparse opener, “Ballad for the Unborn,” and the poignant “Believe, Beleft, Below,” which reappears as a bonus hidden track, with vocals from an unknown singer. Regardless of the context, the constant throughout is Svensson’s innate lyricism and ability to weave a convincing story with his improvisations, as on “Elevation of Love,” which leans towards a Metheny/Mays writing style.

The fifty-minute concert footage on the DVD, which also features a music video and thirteen- minute interview, are all tunes taken from Somewhere Else Before , but in concert e.s.t. takes these simple pieces, including “Dodge the Dodo,” the closest thing they’ve had to a “hit,” and develop them into lengthier excursions that demonstrate just how strong they are, individually and collectively.

An excellent package that highlights where they’ve been and where they’re going, the North American release of Seven Days of Falling is an event that has been all too long in coming.
By John Kelman.
The Esbjörn Svensson Trio, or e.s.t. as it prefers to be known these days, brings luminosity to the art of the piano trio on this, its eighth recording. Credit these three players with a strong sense of musicality and the ability to go past the obvious and build layer upon layer of enticing sonority. The arrangements are clever, letting them spin ideas and move them into unexpected terrain. The continuous changing and shaping of structure lends a sharp edge that makes this one heck of a delightful album. And how marvellous it is to see that the mainstream still swells with the likes of musicians such as these!

Svensson uses space effectively. He does not see the need to hurry and scamper, his deliberate air making the music tell a more effective story. “Ballad for the Unborn” testifies to that as he weaves the fabric strand upon strand, the deeper hues chorded by his left hand his right giving life to melodic braids. The spell is sure and binding. There is a harder impetus when they “Mingle in the Mincing-Machine,” where a scampering bass from Dan Berglund changes course as he bows into a lower register while punctuating with plucked notes. The pattern churns a heady spin and gets into a happy groove, and in its ambience shows the fluency with which the three navigate dynamics.

The “Elevation of Love” finds Svensson pirouetting while Magnus ‘str’m strikes up the beat, kneading the rhythm, pushing the pulse and lighting a charge as the momentum surges. Another extension of their approach comes on what must be one of the happiest tunes ever, the delightful “In My Garage.” Get out and dance or just tap your feet—this one is fun. These guys certainly don’t disappoint!
By Jerry D’Souza.
In spite of a British writer’s determined efforts to make them the Next Big Thing in American jazz via articles in publications including the New York Times, Sweden’s E.S.T.–the Esbjörn Svensson Trio–didn’t last long in the major-label spotlight. After two albums for Columbia in the early 2000s, they were supplanted on that label by the Bad Plus as the pop-attuned piano trio charged with turning the masses on to jazz. E.S.T. now comes to us through a small Philadelphia label, 215 Records, which, ironically, has a stronger and harder-edged album to work with than Columbia did. The trio is hardly revolutionary in utilizing loops and samples and held-down piano strings, and Svensson sometimes comes across as more Bruce Hornsby than Keith Jarrett in venting his jazz romanticism by use of simple melodies and clean rhythms. But Seven Days of Falling scores with episodic pieces that build in power and emotion and with reflective mood pieces that avoid the tedium to which cerebral Euro trios often succumb. E.S.T., which is also presented in concert on a bonus mini-DVD, has played together for a decade, and it shows.
By Lloyd Sachs.
Esbjörn Svensson- Piano, Keyboards;
Dan Berglund- Bass;
Magnus Öström- Drums, Percussion.
Ballad for the Unborn;
Seven Days of Falling;
Mingle in the Mincing-Machine;
Evening in Atlantis;
Did They Ever Tell Cousteau?;
Believe Beleft Below;
Elevation of Love;
In My Garage;
Why She Couldn’t Come;
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Esbjörn SVENSSON Trio (E.S.T.) – Östersund Sweden 2007

Posted in Esbjörn SVENSSON, JAZZ on November 26, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Esbjörn SVENSSON Trio (E.S.T.) – Östersund Sweden 2007
Esbjörn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.)
Jazz Rhythm Festival
Teatro Gamla , Östersund, Sweaden


Esbjörn Svensson- Piano
Dan Berglund- Bass
Magnus Öström- Drums
01. 800 Streets By Feet – The Rube Thing
02. The Goldhearted Miner
03. Definition Of A Dog
04. Where We Used to Live
05. Dolores In A Shoestand
06. Sipping on the Solid Ground
07. Goldwrap

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