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Leucocyte

29 Aug 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 29 Aug 2008
  • Label: ACT Music
  • Copyright: 2008 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+CO.KG
  • Total Length: 1:08:09
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  • ASIN: B0030957YM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,933 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Finbar the looney on 1 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
The dictionary definition of Leukocyte is "White blood cells that fight infections" and this,the final EST album,definitely does that,for this is vintage stuff,i like many others was shocked when Esbjorn was so tragically killed earlier on this year,and listening to various tributes an the BBC and RTE it was obvious what an exceptional talent the man was,so it is with a heavy heart that i listened to this album,ok there may never be another EST album,but believe me they have gone out with a corker,for this is stunning!!
Thia is not Jazz,it is more than that,Piano,Bass and Drums is what it says on the slightly ECM ish cover,but that is only the start for as seems to be with all Nordic music,the atmospherics of the piece add a certain mystique to the tracks.
It would be easy to just think of this as an Esbjorn Svensson album,but we shouldn't forget that Dan Bergland(Bass)and Magnus Ostrom(Drums) contribute greatly.
This album was recorded in Australia earlier on this year and was always planned to come out at this time,and the ACT label has shown great sympathy with the Family of Esbjorn by not cashing in on his death.
There is a book of condolences on the bands website.
As a fan who saw them in concert,i will miss them.
Rest in Peace Esbjorn we miss you
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. Eves on 8 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
This album wasn't created to be an epitaph so shouldn't be seen as such. It came out of a marathon recording session during their Australian tour and is unlike most of their music live and quite unlike anything previously on disc. It's more like the album Song X and so would be unlikely to getting such rave reviews if it wasn't for the sudden and terrible recent event. It's early days but I can't see me reaching for this CD like I have and continue to do for many of their other albums when my wife and I are sitting down after the kids have gone to bed. It's wind up music rather than wind down which doesn't make it a bad album but it's one the average listener will need to work at. Another Thursday Wonderland would have been difficult to achieve and bless them for taking the risk. I shall need to work at this one.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By song_x on 23 Aug 2008
Format: Audio CD
This work is quite incredible. E.S.T. were surely a great band that knew how the keep "suspense" high. Nervertheless, with albums like "Tuesday Wonderland" they approached a degree of perfection that was impressive, but at the same time implied a problem: the music could become a formula, a well-done melange of modern piano jazz, raw rock energies and classical undertones. They had reached a point, where you could have said: "Well, I have a notion what their next album would sound like!" You couldn't be more wrong. "Leucocyte" grew out of a marathon-session-time in an Australian studio. It is an album that takes every possible risk: it is definitely their most radical piece of music: wild, enigmatic - and, most of all, unpredictable! I was stunned when I heared it for the first time, and I was even more stunned and blown away when I had listened twice! This will be a masterpiece in jazz history (if you give the term "jazz" a wide reaching definition including big spaces, zones of emptiness and psychedelic wonder!). The pieces nearly float into one another, with muscular grooves, discomforting zones of danger, and, sounds strange to say, a nearly otherworldly beauty!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Durham on 24 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
As an EST fan of many years, and having been overwhelmed by them in concert, I find it difficult to criticise Leucocyte as ES has sadly passed on under such tragic circumstances. But I have to say that this is their poorest album in my collection by some distance; and I'm sure that if ES had known this was to be his last recording, he might have pulled it for something more agreeable.

But Leucocyte is a tuneless dirge.

EST set about recording totally improvised pieces to follow the themes often explored in concert. They have achieved this, but without the tunes and structure on which to base their improvisations. And so they meander, and stop, and start, and wander into nothing in particular. But never losing the famous EST sound (brand?) - that small thing that long term fans can be grateful for.

Sadly, I have heard this all before, and Leucocyte comes across as a poor version of King Crimson - but without the melodies. The soundscapes they create in the more adventurous pieces sound they they could be derived from "Starless & Bible Black" or "Red" (visit those albums if you do like Leucocyte!) from Crimson's mid period.

This is all very sad given ES's death, but I would like to remember this great and innovative band for Viaticum or Seven Days of Falling - not this drivel.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Heath on 23 Sep 2008
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Sometimes it is necessary for musicians to push the boat out as on this album. Its radically different from anything est have done before and unfortunately and sadly will never be doing again. However, what a legacy. To me its a mixture of jazz and heavy rock with some abstract electronica throuwn in. The rhythms are powerful, dark and foreboding, yet the piano soars above the nocturnal bass and drums whether creating passages of melody or simple repetitive intonations. There are extraordinarily beautiful moments coupled with downright uncomfortable edgy passages. The overall effect is stunning and mindblowing but its not going to be to everyone's taste. People who like MoR jazz or pop are not going to dig this. But hey, without musicians willing to take risks there would be no progress in music as in anything else. A fitting epitaph for a maestro and a legend
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