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Tuesday Wonderland
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 11 October 2006
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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on 30 September 2006
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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on 16 April 2018
Not really worth the money
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on 17 December 2014
Simply Outstanding
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on 24 October 2015
Great modern day jazz band. Showing their darker side, perhaps.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 10 April 2015
This album was released in 2006 just two years before Esbjorn Svensson's untimely accidental death at the youthful age of 44. E.S.T. (Esbjorn Svensson trio comprising Svensson (p), Dan Berglund (b) and Magnus Ostrom (d)) had been together for about fifteen years and were developing an international following to rival Keith Jarrett's "standards trio" with whom they are favourably compared, although the original music of E.S.T. was quite individual. Although the music of E.S.T is now accessible only on recordings one might see how some Britsh pianists have followed in his footsteps.
To my experienced, but not educated ear, Svensson's tunes seem quite simple riffs which are developed by the sympathtic support of bass and drums to produce an "atmosphere". Although the sleeve doesn't indicate any specific use of "electronic" gadgetry, it seems to me there are sounds, perhaps produced by the bass player using feedback loops, present on some tracks.
The tone of the album is meditative and certainly not boisterous. Somewhat in the "ECM" house style despite being released on ACT.
However the project / experiment works. The result a modern "jazz rock fusion" of rather hypnotic music; calming and soothing.
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on 24 December 2010
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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on 27 September 2006
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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on 29 March 2011
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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on 11 September 2006
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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