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The best jazz album of the decade (don't just take my word for it...),
This review is from: E.S.T. - Live in Hamburg (Audio CD)
EST Live in Hamburg was recently named by The Times as the best jazz album of the decade (Nov 21 2009). And there's been a lot of great jazz albums released in the past 10 years so it's obviously an impressive compliment! But they're spot on. EST were very much the jazz band to watch until Esbjorn Svensson's untimely and tragic death in the summer 2008. Their music was incredibly beautiful yet refreshingly innovative, each album exploring new possibilities and taking jazz to new levels, and Live in Hamburg captures EST at the very height of their powers. It's a stunning performance from a band that live were nothing short of a phenomenon. Not only for the funky lighting and smoke machines, but for the sheer intensity and passion of their playing, as well as their incredible modesty - three more pleasant and unassuming guys you could not meet. As live albums go it's flawless - a great selection of standout tracks spanning their entire career and musicianship so exciting it will take your breath away (it did mine). So while it's hard to believe that EST are no more, this album - like the recently released "very best of" - stands as a monument to the very best jazz band of the noughties. They will be missed.