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Brilliant new style "old style" jazz...,
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.