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Thread Of Life - Magnus Ostrom [CD]

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 (7 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Act Music
  • ASIN: B004HMZKDE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,955 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Piano Break Song 8:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Afilia Mi 7:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Weight Of Death10:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ballad For E 9:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Haunted Thoughts And The Endless Fall 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Between 6:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hymn (For The Past) Part I 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Hymn (For The Past) Part II15:41£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Judging by the cover of Öström’s debut solo CD – a moody shot of the Swedish drummer bare-chested, clutching a cymbal – he seems to fancy himself as a bit of a hard man. So, you’d expect Thread of Life to be a muscular monster. Strange, then, that it turns out to be something of a pussycat instead.

Öström is best known for playing in EST for 15 years up until the pianist Esbjörn Svensson’s untimely death in a diving accident in 2008. Here, he’s avoided trying to reproduce the piano trio’s acoustic sound and focuses on an airbrushed electric jazz, which owes much to the lush fusion-lite of guitarist Pat Metheny (who makes a guest appearance on Ballad for E). That said, the music here bears the same sort of relationship to electric jazz-rock as EST did to acoustic piano jazz: it is melodic, tasteful and, frankly, a little bland.

For all the distorted guitar solos present, there’s no escaping the fact that tracks like Longing have more than a hint of the coffee table about them, while Weight of Death and Between are soporific to the point of becoming musical sedative. It’s a shame because there are some promising moments peppered throughout the album. Piano Break Song is built around a Steve Reich-like piano figure, which, while not exactly a new idea, is pleasing enough. The Haunted Thoughts and the Endless Fall has more punch – and at four minutes is the shortest track on the album by quite some way. Yet, even here, Öström seems curiously restrained and rarely manages to break a sweat. The album’s finale, Hymn (For the Past) Part II, is 15 minutes of glacial post-rock in the style of Sigur Rós, which clearly strives to build an anthemic gravitas, but actually just feels cumbersome and overly-concerned with its own importance.

With their accessible melodies and clean-cut energy, EST were unusual in their ability to crossover and appeal to audiences from beyond the jazz world. While some of those listeners will surely want to check Öström’s first post-EST statement, it’s hard to imagine this release will gain him many new followers.

--Daniel Spicer

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Album 8 April 2011
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A brave step from Ostrom, considering the baggage he carries, but the risk comes off. Inevitably the music will be compared with that of EST and, equally inevitably, there are constant reminders of that wonderful trio throught this album. That said, Thread Of Life is different enough from EST's main canon to be a departure. Every track is well worth inclusion, but, for me, the standout is "Ballard For E," a plangent call not to forget what the world of Jazz lost almost three years ago.Still can remember what I was doing when I heard the news.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful continuation 8 Aug 2011
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This album grows on you with repeated listens. Of course it is overshadowed by loss, and this is reflected in both the titles and the music. It lacks the happier moods of some of EST but, like Dan Bergland's album, it is reminiscent of some of their more melancholic tunes like 'From Gagarin' Point of View'. If you are a fan of EST then buy both.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 10 April 2012
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I still miss EST - and stumbling over this album was like coming back to something and still finding something new and exciting!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carries on the spirit of e.s.t. 10 April 2011
By William Merrill - Published on Amazon.com
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Fans of the Esbjorn Svensson Trio, or e.s.t., should definitely give this new disc from Magnus Ostrom a listen. It's the 2nd collection of music from a member of e.s.t. following Svensson's tragic accidental death in '08 (with bassist Dan Berglund's album in Jan '11). Ostrom's new band consists of Andreas Hourdakis on guitars, Gustaf Karlöf on keyboards, and Thobias Gabrielson on bass. It must have been a bit difficult for Mr. Karlof, knowing he was in some sense "replacing" Svensson, but he performs admirably, as do the other musicians. The songs on Thread of Life have an open, adventurous sound, possessing a bit of a jazz fusion flavor at times (as on "Piano Break Song"), but most often sounding somewhat like the classic Pat Metheny Group ensemble of three decades ago. That's no surprise because e.s.t. collaborated with Metheny on several occasions, and in fact Ostrom even recruited Pat Metheny to play on "Ballad For E," a new song which also features Berglund.

Thread of Life features very strong and expansive tunes often performed in an exhilarating manner. It's not exactly the same kind of music as e.s.t. made, but nonetheless it represents a worthy legacy from Magnus Ostrom's former group as well as an inspiring transition to the next stage of his musical progression through life.
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent (no pun intended) 26 Oct 2011
By David J. Ohanlon - Published on Amazon.com
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As a keen fan of The Esbjorn Svensson Trio, I had been waiting for the arrival of this disc with much anticipation; would it prove that the Trio was a true meeting of equals & Magnus could show himself equally adept at Band leadership as ES himself or would he struggle a bit under the weight of the past, with a totally new Band & undertaking all composition and production duties himself?
Well, I'm very pleased to say "Thread of Life" not only carries on the EST tradition for high quality, melodic rock-inflected jazz (or is that jazz-inflected rock or just plain fusion? whichever way it's great) but Ostrom doesn't allow himself or the music to wallow in overpowering melancholia, electronica or distortion. This is seriously heady, groovy yet intense stuff which I defy any jazz, pop, rock, indie or alternate music lover not to like at least in part. A particular track highlight is "Longing", a groove-filled, dynamic, intense (I even teared up at one point whilst still nodding my head to the groove so I had to chuckle at myself;)), even orgasmic, heady cocktail (a little like Premonition - Earth on EST's "Leucocyte" but nowhere near as "heavy" or back-beat driven). Also, despite the title, "Piano Break Song": is a great fusion ensemble piece.
As for other (selected) tracks - "Ballad for E" (with Pat Metheny on guitar & the other ex-EST member Dan Berglund on bass) is a bit more "Pat" than "Esbjorn" but still very good, "The Haunted thoughts......" is a little bit too electronic-effect driven for my ultimate taste & while the titles "Weight of Death" & "Hymn for the Past" suggest out & out dirges, they are not - laced with melancholia & not "soaring" to the same extent as the tracks mentioned previously maybe, but they are both highly engaging and thoughtful.
Another great thing about this disc? it clocks in at over 70mins & there's not a second wasted (well, maybe "Hymn" does go on a tiny tad too long!).
Anyway, if you're a serious music listener, do yourself a favour & give it a try.
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