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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Rock and Roll, but not as we know it, Jim...
After a slightly disappointing "Viaticum", we are now back on track with an album of ferocity and tenderness. This is "Seven Days of Falling" and "Strange Place for Snow" with added menace.

A bass player who obviously thinks he is Jimi Hendrix - with screaming "feed-back" lines, a drummer who sounds as if he could have been in Smashing Pumpkins or Van Der Graaf...
Published on 11 Oct 2006 by Mark Shackelford

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3.0 out of 5 stars Tuesday Wonderland
I am a card carrying Jazz buff with an extensive and ever growing lp/cassete/cd/download collection that covers everything from Ellington to Evan Parker, Brubeck to Coltrane, Mingus to, er, more Mingus and I have recently been trying to fill some gaps in my listening. I had heard of this Trio long before the untimely death of its leader and put it on my list. Ironically,...
Published on 29 Mar 2011 by Robert W. Palmer


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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Rock and Roll, but not as we know it, Jim..., 11 Oct 2006
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Mark Shackelford "mark shackelford" (Worthing, UK) - See all my reviews
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After a slightly disappointing "Viaticum", we are now back on track with an album of ferocity and tenderness. This is "Seven Days of Falling" and "Strange Place for Snow" with added menace.

A bass player who obviously thinks he is Jimi Hendrix - with screaming "feed-back" lines, a drummer who sounds as if he could have been in Smashing Pumpkins or Van Der Graaf - and a pianist who out-Jarretts Keith Jarrett!

But it's Jazz, Jim. It says it's Jazz on the Tin. And Jazz it surely is - but with such ferocity - spiralling piano runs, howling bass-lines and the approaching thunderstorm on drums.

Brilliant! (and thanks, Amazon for popping it into my recommendations...)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jagged edge jazz with a sprinkling of softness, 30 Sep 2006
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Intelligent, aggressive with hints of industrial surges, this album by EST is reminiscent of the last and yet able to further push the boundaries of contemporary jazz. This is not for the fait hearted traditionalist jazz lovers. This is indeed a new genre of jazz which few musicians have been able to transcend, Pat Metheny perhaps being one example, the other example steadfast occupied by EST. If you like the previous stuff, you'll not go wrong here. Track 4, Brewery of Beggars is truly intoxicating. Sit back and prepare to be moved..........
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 27 Sep 2006
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These three unassuming guys from Sweden just keep going from strength to strength. They're a jazz trio which fuse rock, pop, jazz and classical music into something so original, so fresh and so touching that you really do have to hear it to believe it. As the previous reviewer said, "Tuesday Wonderland" has more of 2003's "Seven Days of Falling" about it rather than 2005's "Viaticum", but the house style certainly remains very much in evidence. Wonderful, enchanting ballads are interspersed with uplifting, energetic almost rock-like jazz that really does stand these guys apart from their contemporaries.

And as EST begin to break the US (they recently made the cover of Downbeat Magazine - the first European jazz group ever to do so) you can't help thinking that their best might be yet to come. And given how brilliant their output up til now has been - Tuesday Wonderland included - that's really saying something.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another direction, 24 Dec 2010
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D. S. Sample (Turnipshire England) - See all my reviews
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What a shame it had to end here for E.S.T. such a progressive band,I would always look forward to their latest release because I know it would be a treat. Stand out tracks for me are "The gold hearted miner " and "Where we used to live"[the piano work is constructed like a conversation between two people] if you listen carefully you can here Esbjorn humming whilst playing, subtle and very beautiful.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tuesday Wonderland, 29 Mar 2011
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I am a card carrying Jazz buff with an extensive and ever growing lp/cassete/cd/download collection that covers everything from Ellington to Evan Parker, Brubeck to Coltrane, Mingus to, er, more Mingus and I have recently been trying to fill some gaps in my listening. I had heard of this Trio long before the untimely death of its leader and put it on my list. Ironically, or not, it is now Tuesday and I have got hold of a library copy. I have to say that, whilst it is far from lightweight, it has failed to engage me in any meaningful way at all. Lots of riff orientated playing, long ostinatos, repetition, some fairly uninspired cheap tricks (background noises, bass effects etc) and some insipid ballad playing. For those of us with an experienced ear, it may be better to look elsewhere for the sound of surprise; Robert Glasper, Eugene Maslov, Taylor Eigsti, Mehldau et al, not to mention the old school (Corea, Hancock, Jarrett, Bill Evans etc). Like Weather Report, this one is a route in for the youngsters who haven't heard what a piano trio can really do.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another E.S.T.-classic..., 11 Sep 2006
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Yovra (Driebergen, Holland) - See all my reviews
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To be very honest..I only heard some preview-files and four tracks of this album on the web-radio. But I've heard enough to be very enthousiastic!

The music takes the mix of classical/melodic jazz and electronics one step further. Think equal measures of Bill Evans, Bach, Metallica and Radiohead and add a brilliant interplay between piano, bass and drums.

Compared to their previous albums it's close to the light, melodious sound of 'Seven Days of Falling'; even though it starts off with the heavy and dark "Failing Maid Preludium" it's filled with light melodies and fine jazz-ballads.
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24 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent euro jazz, 27 Nov 2006
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Sick Mouthy (Exeter, Devon) - See all my reviews
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fading made preludium

30 seconds of blissfully quiet piano before grinding, crashing

godspeed-esque noise and chaos, electric bass flanged and feeding back

like a guitar for the next three minutes

tuesday wonderland

repetitive, kraut-ey piano riff, almost like life's what you make it

by talk talk, bass drops in, other piano layers and twirls dance

around skittish drums simple acoustic bass patterns at deceptive

speed. glacial concentric circles and swirls

the goldhearted miner

twanging acoustic strings give way to piano and slow, sweeping drum

brushes, occasionally the twanging strings re-emerge as a motif.

autumnal, balladic, falling leaves, frosty paygrounds

brewery of beggars

strange, synthetic tones, cyclic pianos and propulsive drums, heavy

drama, falling away to disjointed chords and then BAM drums again,

swirl again, drama again, very cool rolling piano break, more squall

from the bassist who thinks he's hendrix or kevin shields, acoustic

bass too, 8 minutes, evolves and grows, each instrument elaborating

and then recombining, album highlight

beggar's blanket

sub three minute ballad

dolores in a shoestand

ticking percussion, penguin cafe orchestra esque, robot beatbox,

streams of light emanating from the piano melody, album highlight,

central piano solo, tempo jumps up at about 4.45, 6.50 clapping and

crowd appreciation noises come in, cannonball adderly, jaunty jazzclub

swing for the audience, obviously having fun

where we used to live

more kind of blue esque midnight balladeering

eighthundred streets by feet

slow, dance-y beat, yet more pianos that swirl right across the

keyboard, entire band is great but really is lead by svensson's keys,

fall into darkness and then spiral round, radiating light, growing

electric noise, intensifying, album highlight, fades to electronic

wind and decaying piano notes

goldwrap

yet more swirling pianos and ticking, moist percussion, incredibly

compelling and evolving, deep, rich piano sound, drums both organic

and synthetic, really quite breathtaking piano runs, album highlight

sipping on the solid ground

slow, natural percussion, bowing bass in time with piano falls,

twanging acoustic string notes again

fading maid postludium

reprises opening track, unsurprisingly, huge arches of guitar-esque

growl, icebergs and polar bears and aurora borealis, fading back to

just solitary piano

secret track

ambience, treated noise, dappled, airy piano cascades and ripples of

machined echo

an excellent, dreamy but not narcoleptic record
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