Esbjörn Svensson Trio

Formed 1990. Disbanded 2008.
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Esbjorn Svensson Trio - Interview with Jamie Cullum

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Esbjörn Svensson Trio (or e.s.t.) was a Swedish jazz piano trio formed in 1993 consisting of Esbjörn Svensson (piano), Dan Berglund (de) (double bass), and Magnus Öström (de) (drums). Its music has classical, rock, pop, and techno elements. It lists classical composer Béla Bartók and rock band Radiohead as influences. Its style involves conventional jazz and the use of electronic effects and multitrack recording.

The group deliberately blurred genres, with Svensson's musical catholicism drawing upon a wide variety of artist influences. e.s.t. was also renowned for its vibrant style in live performances, often playing in rock and roll oriented venues to young crowds. It achieved great commercial success and critical acclaim throughout Europe. Its 1999 release From Gagarin's Point of View started its international breakthrough, being the first e.s.t. album to be released outside of Scandinavia through the German label ACT

Svensson died in a scuba diving accident in Stockholm on 14 June 2008. He is survived by his wife and two sons. The publication All About Jazz remarked that the loss "will surely deeply sadden music lovers everywhere."

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of 301

    301 2012

    Reviewed by Martin Longley
    One of e.s.t.’s greatest albums, and even arguably their ultimate work.
  2. Review of retrospective - the best of e.s.t

    retrospective - the best of e.s.t 2009

    Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre
    Their absence has left an unfilled gap that heightens the nostalgia here.
  3. Review of Leucocyte

    Leucocyte 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    It's a testament to an artist whose life was always a work in progress.
  4. Review of Live In Hamburg

    Live In Hamburg 2007

    Reviewed by Guy Hayden
    Stunning musicianship, allied to an almost telepathic understanding.
  5. Review of Viaticum

    Viaticum 2005

    Reviewed by Russell Finch
    Difficult ninth album for the acclaimed Swedish piano trio...
  6. Review of Seven Days of Falling

    Seven Days of Falling 2003

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    Swedish superstar piano trio offer long awaited new album.
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