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Searching for Jupiter [Import]

Magnus Östrom Audio CD
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Magnus Öström was born on May 3rd, 1965 in Skultuna, Sweden as second son to local painter Arne and Siv Öström. His brother Tommy was three years older and influenced Magnus in his early years with his eclectic record collection including Jimmy Hendrix, Deep Purple, Almond Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd. At the age of eight Magnus built his first drumkit out of his fathers ... Read more in Amazon's Magnus Östrom Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Act
  • ASIN: B00C68MVHY
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It took two years for Magnus Öström to find his way back to music after the tragic death of his friend Esbjorn Svensson and to bring out his first own album: 'Thread of Life'. Öström now presents his follow-up 'Searching For Jupiter'. His loss is still palpable in heavy, yearning tracks like 'Mary Jane Doesn't Live Here Anymore' or 'Hour Of The Wolf', but Öström has taken some decisive steps forward: He now has a strong and tight band together with guitarist Andreas Hourdakis, bassist Thobias Gabrielson and pianist Daniel Karlsson. They have rigorously pursued a jazz rock and progressive rock leaning - 'The Moon (And The Air It Moves)', for example, is reminiscent of Pink Floyd not only in name, and there is more optimism again: Melodies once again play an important role ('Dancing At The Dutchtreat'), even major-key cheerfulness shines through from time to time ('Happy And The Fall'), and the album ends with an anthem of hope with 'At The End Of Eternity'.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Searching for the next EST ? 27 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD
Like many people, I still miss EST dreadfully - so does Magnus Ostrom evidently. Magnus of course, was the EST drummer, and whilst there are parts of this album that are reminiscent of EST at their finest - the way some tracks grow and build to a crashing and powerful crescendo being one - this is a progression from EST in many ways.
Progressive is a good word in fact. When I saw Magnus at Ronnie Scotts recently with a couple of friends, we all 3 agreed that the sound could best be described as 'progressive jazz'. Some reviewers have hinted at a Pink Floyd influence and certainly some of the guitar playing - on the latter stages of the title track in particular - are Dave Gilmour like. On other tracks the guitar is more akin to Snow Goose era Camel - smooth and mellow. Neither of those prog rock comparisons are meant to be pejorative - quite the opposite - this album bridges jazz and progressive rock admirably.
The drumming, as you would expect, is excellent throughout, but its the guitars, both electric lead and bass, that represent the real leap away from the EST formula. All of the playing is first rate and the compositions are varied, some powerful - Hour Of the Wolf being the prime example - and others, such as the ballad Mary Jane Doesn't Live Here Anymore, really moving. Overall, this is a fine album. Not the new EST maybe, something rather different, but a damn fine alternative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Esbjorn's drummer... 7 Jun 2014
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...is the named artist, but it's a piano trio really, Can everyone in Sweden play modern jazz? Sometimes it feels like it...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Guitar 10 May 2014
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I was lucky enough to see this group along with Troyka (see my other reviews) recently. On the strength of their fantastic performance I bought this album. And just to note that Magnus's modesty and surprise at the standing ovation was touching indeed.

I agree with what has been already said, this is jazz-rock in the finest sense. It is much more interesting than a piano trio, even if that trio is EST. We have great tunes. We have complex driving rhythms which sound like a nightmare to play, intricate piano jazz and THAT guitar. And they seem happy to let tracks go on that little bit longer and build to lovely climaxes. The whole thing is just so musical and yes of course will draw comparisons with the Pat Metheny Group. I much prefer the guitar of Andreas Hourdakis however, he doesn't put a foot wrong. I find him more musical and his sound is far preferable to the guitar-synth that Metheny uses.

It's that good that I have serious trouble walking and listening at times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb jazz rock... 13 April 2014
Format:Audio CD
This is a superbly atmospheric and beautifully recorded album that is at the slightly rockier end of jazz -rock without ever descending to the indulgent tendencies of that typifies the worst of the genre. To get an idea of how this album sounds imagine Pat Metheny minus the Brazilian/ World music frills and you'll have a fairly clear idea of the orientation of this set. The musicianship, level of composition and general creativity are all outstanding. Listen out for instance to guitarist Andreas Hourda whose leans beautiful tones and extensive armoury of tasty licks enthral throughout this disc. Likewise go to the title track, 'Searching for Jupiter' and hear some very tricky and intense rhythms that really build as the tune progresses. Yes, where ever you roam on this album there is something to enjoy.

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