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Magnus Ostrom: Searching For Jupiter

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Time is the great healer. Certainly there are signs that the two years since Thread of Life (ACT Music, 2011)--drummer/composer Magnus Öström's emotionally charged debut as leader--have helped him better cope with the death in 2008 of pianist Esbjorn Svensson-- his colleague of 15 years in the influential trio e.s.t. That album's cover showed a bare-chested Öström clutching a cymbal against a Bible-black void; jarringly atypical of ACT Music's aesthetic, it screamed of grief and naked pain. The music cried like a requiem, with songs like the beautifully elegiac “Weight of Death," the poignant tribute “Ballad for E" and “Hymn ...

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Magnus Ostrom Band at Ronnie Scott's

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Magnus Ostrom Ronnie Scott's London September 16, 2013 “What guarantee do we have that the future will come? That we will be able to experience it? We generally live in our Western society separated from death. We don't think about it. Talk seldom about it. Suppress it preferably. But suddenly, it hits us. Close or at a distance. But almost always with astonishing power. Everything stays put. And we suddenly experience our fragility, our loneliness, our total powerlessness in front of death. It pushes us to a corner. Force us to resignate to it. Death ...

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Magnus Ostrom at Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Ireland

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Magnus ÖströmSolstice Arts CentreNavan, IrelandSeptember 20, 2013 That Magnus Öström's quartet made it to Navan at all was good going given that the band's previous gig had been on a Scottish island boasting no fewer than eight whisky distilleries. The Scottish--as the quartet discovered--take their whisky and their hospitality seriously. That gig was part of the three-day Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival, one of a growing number of jazz festivals popping up throughout the British Isles. From Islay, Öström hopped over the Irish Sea for two lower key gigs in Navan and Carrick-on-Shannon. For these towns ...

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Magnus Ostrom: Searching For Jupiter

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For fifteen years Magnus Öström was the drummer with the Esbjörn Svensson Trio, known to many as e.s.t. For much of that time e.s.t. was one of the most successful jazz bands in the world, an innovative yet accessible group that seemed poised for ever greater success. When Svensson died in a diving accident in June 2008 both Öström and bassist Dan Berglund took time out. Öström returned to recording in late 2010, releasing Thread Of Life (ACT Music) the following year. It was a beautiful album, but not always an easy one to listen to. Nor, as Öström acknowledged, ...

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Magnus Ostrom: Thread Of Life

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Thread Of Life is drummer Magnus Öström's debut as leader, after 15 years with the Esbjörn Svensson Trio. e.s.t. was one of the most successful jazz ensembles ever to emerge from Europe, gaining not only critical acclaim but also commercial success. It's a hard act for Öström to follow, and it's to his immense credit that, after a sabbatical from the scene to reflect on his plans after Svensson's tragic death in 2008, Öström has gathered a talented new band around him and created a work of great beauty and humanity. The tune that is likely to ...

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Magnus Ostrom: Late Night Playing, Humble Playing

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As the drummer with the Esbjörn Svensson Trio (e.s.t.) Magnus Öström became one of the most successful European jazz musicians of the last twenty years. Influenced by a range of musics, his percussion style was a key element of the band's distinctive sound, while the Trio's success over the 15 years of its existence brought it international fame and brought Öström to the attention of a world-wide audience. After Svensson's death in a diving accident in June 2008 both Öström and bassist Dan Berglund took time out from the jazz scene. Berglund re-emerged with Tonbruket in 2009, ...



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