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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant new style "old style" jazz..., 6 Jun 2003
This review is from: Strange Place for Snow (Audio CD)
If you thought there wasn't much left to explore in "old style" contemporary jazz then think again for E.S.T.'s "Strange Place for Snow" is exactly what its title suggests - something beautifully familiar in a very different landscape. Working off a standard piano, double bass & drum acoustic line-up and carefully constraining their "explorations" within the well-proven structures that work with it, they conjure up that most difficult of things: something radically new from a conventional format.
With more than a passing nod to Bill Evans' evocatively lilting piano style, backed up by some wonderful bass and drum playing, they mix-in odd electronic hooks and surprisingly powerful melodic structures without losing the laid-back feel of this essentially romantic style of music. Clever?... yes, but not too-clever and, as a result, brilliantly restrained and wholly effective. Another example, alongside Bugge Wesseltoft's and Jaga Jazzist's more avant-garde outings, of the quite extraordinary jazz that is now pouring out of Scandinavia.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dare to try something new, 12 April 2003
This review is from: Strange Place for Snow (Audio CD)
After being recommend this CD, I must admit I was sceptical. Who are E.S.T ?
But I have been converted. A Swedish contemporary jazz trio, they use electronic effects subtly, while remaining true to the essence of an acoustic trio.
The songs are well structured, seamless in their growth. True they can all play, but this is more. The colour of the sound is intense and multi-layered. But stays clear through their use of open harmonics.
There is a good variety on the CD, from groove, ballads with a hint of Scandinavian folk, to hard bop in a Bach fugue form (it's brilliant).
This CD will either brighten your day, or mellow it out completely.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks EST!, 21 Sep 2005
This review is from: Strange Place for Snow (Audio CD)
Sometime you feel like you dont have more power to continue and everything looks blurry, meaningless. Rarely something comes along and changes the way you look towards life, fills you up, makes everything around you look great, meaningful and clear. This album is that something.
Thanks EST!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great trio finding their voice.., 7 Dec 2005
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This review is from: Strange Place for Snow (Audio CD)
If you're searching for pure trio Jazz, EST may not be what you're looking for. There are no gigantic solo's or battling ego's going on, most of the time it's the great sound of good ensemble-playing and in that there are no passengers in this trio. Dan Berglund is a lyrical, steady bass-player, Magnus Ostrum is a fast and subtle drummer and Esbjorn Svensson seems to mix a classical style of playing with parts of Bill Evans and Chick Corea. And, of course, there's the use of distorting filters, synths and effect pedals.
EST doesn't seem to find the balance here yet between the traditional and 'modern' stuff (their next two cd are just right in that respect), but the melodies and lyricism are there; esp. ïn the wonderful Bound For The Beauty Of The South or the energy of the hard rocking Behind the Yashmak.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unpredictable, and compelling.... Fantastic, 8 May 2002
This review is from: Strange Place for Snow (Audio CD)
I have never listened to a cd so many times in a row!!! the music is nothing like you have ever heard - the closest thing one can relate this to is Radiohead...but for jazz. The albulm opens up with a straight ahead light swing jazz track that is the appetiser for what is to come. the second track employs unorthodox rhythms and use of the bass (being used for the timbral effects as well as establishing a harmony) and Esbjorn is continuously on form with his superlative piano playing. Although they use synthesisers, they are not used as one might expect. they are used for their atmospheric effect that they give to the music, particularly on "behind the yashmak".
But the groups technical abillities really come out on "when God created the coffee break" which is reminiscent of Bach and has a great drive to it. It ends with the hauntingly eerie "carcrash".
This is one of those recordings that the more you listen to it, the more you will notice about a tune and you will notice something different every time!
Also to keep the listener interested, they have added a little something at the end.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never disappointed by EST, 9 Jan 2012
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This review is from: Strange Place for Snow (MP3 Download)
I have come late to EST. I am drawn initially to certain pieces more than others and this album is very much light and dark. Tracks such as Years of Yearning, The Message, the first half of Car Crash. As I keep listening I continue to develop a whole new relationship with the tracks I at first put to one side. I do, however, prefer the live in Brazil version of Serenade for the Renegade.

The definition of quality composition is never being disappointed by listening over and over. The Esbjorn Svensson Trio is or was one of a rare group of musicians in this category. What a shame for Mr Svensson's family, friends, colleagues and for his listening public, when he was so alive and had so much more to offer, his time ran out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Perfect, 13 Mar 2009
This review is from: Strange Place for Snow (Audio CD)
If you have been waiting for a 21st Century Return to Forever then here they are. Unique, modern and suprisingly beautiful take on the traditional acoustic jazz trio. If EST aren't in your library then get them there!
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