If you've not heard any E.S.T. and piano trio jazz is your kind of thing then this album is for you. In fact if you have any appreciation of great piano or any jazz, this album is probably for you too. For E.S.T. lovers this album is similar in my mind to Strange Place For Snow - the album that seemed to alert the world to this supremely talented group further than just the jazz realm. The variety on offer here is fantastic - my favourite track continually changes. All elements of this trio are vital to the E.S.T. mix - and all are bloody great at what they do. If you get the chance to see these guys live then do - I've been once and it's up with the best live acts I've ever seen.
I'm impressed by by how varied the influence of this music is: The traditional piano/bass/percussion combination is used in a completely new and creative way. The music is playful, exploring new areas on each track. These people are truly good ambassadors for Scandinavian jazz.
If you like the music of EST then you will certainly enjoy this excellent recording which showcases the Swedish group at their finest. If you are wanting to sample this piano trio for the first time, then 'Good Morning Susie Soho' is a very good place to start. The 11 tracks cover their full range from soft melodic harmonies to loud percussive renditions - all bar one are original compositions by the group. The tragic death of Esbjorg Svenson means that the EST catalogue will forever be a small one.
i am thrilled that contemporary jazz has thrown up such a talent as this one. i strongly recommend you check this guy out before he gets blown around the entire world and all over your newspapers as the next genius of jazz...