CD Strange Place for Snow [614427901125] (CD 1331576),
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Strange Place for Snow [614427901125]

  • 1. Message, The
    2. Serenade for the Renegade
    3. Strange Place for Snow
    4. Behind the Yashmak
    5. Bound for the Beauty of the South
    6. Years of Yearning
    7. When God Created the Coffeebreak
    8. Spunky Sprawl
    9. Carcrash/
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9011

  • Credits

    E.S.T. (Esbjorn Svensson Trio): Esbjorn Svensson (piano, keyboards); Dan Berglund (bass); Magnus Ostrom (drums, percussion).
    E.S.T.: Esbjrn Svensson.
    E.S.T.'s second U.S. outing offers palatable, often lively acoustic jazz with tantalizing electronic flourishes. It's similar in thrust to the trio's 2001 U.S. debut, Somewhere Else Before, but not as strong melodically. Still, leader/pianist Esbjrn Svensson, bassist Daniel Berglund, and drummer Magnus strm deliver some heated improvisational exchanges, particularly later in the program on the speedy, almost Mehldau-esque "When God Created the Coffee Break" and the post-bop boogaloo blues "Spunky Sprawl." The trio loses their focus at times, like on the overly long "Behind the Yashmak" and the strangely inert "Serenade for the Renegade." But at their best, E.S.T. displays an alluring lyricism and a subtle, creative use of processed sounds. strm's drum parts, too, are well-crafted and contemporary. (There's a hidden track at the end, and like the one on Somewhere Else Before, it's a bit out of character.) ~ David R. Adler

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (7/02, pp.53-4) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A good CD..."
    JazzTimes (7-8/02, p.96) - "...Smart and lovely...EST are a band in the truest sense..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.116) - "...What marks out this Scandanavian group is their breadth of vision....This LP deserves a hearing way beyond the 'jazz ghetto'..."
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