45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2005
This CD seems it bit darker and a bit more 'classical' compared to 'Seven Days of Falling'. A little less electronics, more Schubert (with a hint of Liszt and a bit of a Bach-bassline too). Some tracks are beautiful ballads, some are bordering on hard-rock. Stand-out track to me is 'A Picture of Doris travelling with Boris' which seems very Metheny/Lyle Mays-like in its construction; a subtle start and halfway the song it explodes in harmonies and rythm. They are brilliant musicians in their own right (all three of them are capable of taking centre stage), but their interplay is unique.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2005
I can think of no other jazz trio in the world today that can match Sweden's EST for sheer originality, creativity, versatility and breathtaking talent. They're a jazz band that can fill - and frequently do - rock venues, who attract indie kids as well as jazz aficionados and who stand somewhere at the (accessible) cutting edge of modern jazz yet seem to draw inspiration from rock and classical music too.
"Viaticum" picks up where their last album, "Seven Days of Falling" left off. It's a brilliant, if slightly more melancholic and intriguing affair than its predecessor, and once again shows EST flirting with different genres and displaying a degree of musicianship that is little short of breathtaking. It's an amazing ride, full of atmosphere and subtlety, from the gentle lightness of "Tide of Trepidation" through the stirring repetition of "The Unstable Table and the Infamous Fable" and the more uplifting spirit and energy of "a Picture of Doris Travelling with Boris" (the song titles are as creative as the music). The whole album feels like a coherent "whole", one song blending effortlessly into the next.
Live these guys are a revelation, full of passion and energy, mixing songs, ideas and styles and showing how much is possible with just a standard jazz trio. They're pushing the boundaries of modern jazz and - justifiably - are taking a lot of fans with them. They've also won more awards than you can shake a stick at. In this case, DO believe the hype. EST are a sensation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2009
I own most of EST's amazing work and I agree with a previous reviewer that this album feels much darker than other albums.It took me a while to get into and appreciate Viaticum but it is well worth the effort and sticking with.There seems to be lot more differing musical mood changes here.What a sad loss to the music world Esbjorn Svensson is.
on 31 August 2009
I am an avid fan of Esbjorn Svensson; his Scandinavian mixture of jazz and pop; his quirky, all too-narrative titles; his incessant humming and growling at the piano (not unlike another big piano bear Thoe Monk); his music which due to a dice throw by some whimsical god will never be played live again. At least not by him. Viaticum's generous melodies, rhythmic zest, and trinity's quality of playing make this album one of EST's best. For those who after listening to it will continue to feel the thirst for more, please, search for a live edition of Viaticum which, even better than studio recording, is a testimony to the unforgettable musical phenomenon of EST.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2006
EST in my view are the best piano trio in the world right now. Their music is constantly engaging and thrilling and this album is no exception. Highlights are the title track and Table/Fable, the one being a gorgeous and mellow concoction with chords which could have come from Faure or Poulenc, the other a real emotional rollercoaster, like a furious storm on a Summer's day. Elsewhere the tracks do not always reach the heights but are trademark EST: virtuosic, surprising and great to listen to.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2006
After Wessletoft, Aarset - try Svensson. An excellent series of pieces that push a boundary or two. If you are a trad. jazz fan, dont go here. This is for the discerning listener. A great CD.