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on 3 October 2003
Compared to the earlier records, the sound here is somewhat more edgy and more down dirty. Less of air and "elegance", than on the earlier ones, yet more substance and raw energy, still sophisticated and beautiful though. I have the feeling this one will win over the others in the long run. The group is of course, still one of the most intresting groups in the world. So the record is a must have for all you EST-fans and also a must have for all those who hasn't discovered them yet. EST is experimental jazz-rock-pop for anyone with the slightest intrest in music. Seven days of falling, Mingling in the mincing-machine, Elevator of love, O.D.R.I.P are tracks you can play over and over again...
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on 5 November 2003
I knew they'd won plenty of awards (BBC International Jazz Artist of the year, for example) but it's only when I recently saw them live that I actually "discovered" EST. Not only can these guys really play, but their music really has a magical quality to it that words don't really do justice to.
Their sound varies from the simple and enchanting to the vibrant and uplifting, but it's always, always breathtaking. When you listen you know it's jazz, but it takes you to a place that most jazz albums simply don't. It's modern and fresh, but has something of the classical about it. Sorry, but it's hard to explain. Best thing to do is buy the album (or better still catch them live!) and you'll get what I'm on about.
If you like modern jazz, and want some music that will touch your soul, then this is definitely one for you.
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on 1 October 2003
Seven Days of Falling is full of space and lyrical genius, the trio clearly understand each other’s styles and complement them superbly. Highly recommended.
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on 30 January 2004
Introduced to EST by their magical performance in St. George's Bristol,UK, this album recaptures the pleasure of the discovery of that evening. Seven Days of Falling reflects the trio's range of playing styles - the liquid, languid piano and bass playing and sensitive percussion of tracks like 'Ballad for the Unborn' and 'Believe, Beleft, Below' contrast sharply with the complex, driving rhythms of 'Elevation of Love' and 'Mingle in the mincing-machine'.
This is complex music made to sound simple in the hands of accomplished artists. The title track starts with a falling four note phrase which recurs in the piece, sometimes under the other instruments, sometimes as the melody, all the time with a rhythm that moves the work along steadily to its conclusion, fading in atmospheric sounds of piano and percussion.
EST play varied, inventive and eminently listenable-to music. Listen to the album - then get to see them live. You'll love it, I'm sure.
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on 11 May 2016
What a wonderful treat for the ears. Hadn't even heard of EST until recently. The track 'Believe, Beleft, Below' in particular is just beautiful; tinged with sadness but uplifting too. Don't be put off if you think you don't like jazz - this is something else; a fusion of styles that is unique and works really well. Haven't stopped playing this CD. It can give you an 'earworm' though!!
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on 26 May 2013
This is the first album I listened to from EST having previously being introduced to Scandinavian Jazz through the likes of Tord Gustavsen. The music is slightly different, pacier, how Radiohead might sound if they'd been a jazz trio and, on the whole, a delight. I will be exploring their other work next.
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on 8 March 2005
If you want a good starting point in the world of EST (or trio-jazz, for that matter), this may be it!
The sounds, grooves and themes are very diverse; from the country-gospel of 'Believe, beleft, below'(even sounds a little bit like Floyd Kramer at some points)to the jungle of 'Did they ever tell Cousteau'. Absolute highpoint is the exstatic 'Elevation of Love'with an almost scary bass-solo.
It has been said before; there may be 'faster' pianists, and technically more advanced drummers or bassists, but the interplay between the band-members is in a legue of their own!
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on 8 February 2004
What an album! Highly recommended. Shades of the Bill Evans trio in 2003. This is unmissable Jazz.
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on 17 October 2003
A nice mellow album that will still totally hold your attention for it's duration. It's hard to pigeonhole as there are various styles represented, it just has a great eclectic contemporary feel, if slightly more towards pop than I expected. There are plenty of interesting changes in mood and different feels to be heard, some tracks have a very cutting edge feel with modern sounding breakbeats and electronic touches, and the recording is very warm and crisp.
If you can sometimes find contemporary jazz to harsh and way out then this album could be perfect, it's accesible, modern, but still full of surprises.
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on 12 February 2004
Having first bought this album, I needed to go and see this band live. I did so recently when they cam to Southampton, their live interpretations of this album and some new unrecorded material was simply unbelievable. The freshness and passion from the piano player(Esbjorn), the at times astonishing virtuosity of the bass player and driving rhythmn of the drummer, (along with some crazy affects), left me speechless. Brilliant band........
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