- Released: February 1, 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
CMJ - 8/20/01, p.11
"...Music tailor-made for jazzbos, chill-out room heads and techno hippies..."
- 1.Somewhere Else Before
- 2.Dodge the Dodo
- 3.From Gagarin's Point of View
- 4.The Return of Mohammed
- 5.The Face of Love
- 6.Pavanne (Thoughts of a Septuagenarian)
- 7.The Wraith
- 8.The Chapel
- 9.In the Face of Day
- 11.Dark Water - (hidden track)
Contains a hidden track after "Spam-Boo-Limbo".
E.S.T: Esbjorn Svensson (piano, keyboards, percussion); Dan Berglund (bass,
percussion); Magnus Ostrom (drums, percussion).
Recorded between May 1998 and April 2000.
Though jazz was born and bred in the United States, its influence long ago spread throughout the world, and its popularity overseas has continued to grow even as its significance on the American music scene has waned. This Swedish group, also known as the Esbj”rn Svensson Trio, is among the jazz trios to land on North American shores, and their acoustic jazz sound seems certain to build a following in the States. Led by pianist Svensson, the classic trio's sound is deeply steeped in jazz tradition; witness the Bill Evans-style serenity of the title track, which features drummer Magnus ™str”m's textural brush work to great effect. But while nobody's gonna confuse E.S.T. with Medeski, Martin, & Wood, they do bring eclectic influences like art rock and drum'n'bass to the table, giving tracks like the raucously funky "Dodge the Dodo" and the techno-inspired "The Wraith" a welcome modern twist. The trio may be a little too jazzy for the jam band crowd and a little too arty for jazz traditionalists, but once they find a way to reconcile their disparate influence a tad more seamlessly, they could be onto something uniquely wonderful. ~ Bret Love