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Pianist Esbjorn Svensson Dead at 44


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Swedish jazz musician Esbjörn Svensson, 44 years old, died during a diving accident yesterday outside of Värmdö near Stockholm.

He was in a company of divers on Saturday June 14th at a Swedish jetty/landing stage under supervision of a dive-leader when he was found severely injured at the bottom. Resuscitation was unsuccessful. The police will investigate the cause of Svensson's death. The announcement of the death came as a shock for the chairman of the Swedish Jazz Society: “He was a big name way outside of Sweden."

In 1995 and 1996 Esbjörn Svensson was selected the jazz musician of the year in Sweden.

Esbjorn Svensson Trio, or e.s.t. (not to be confused with Italian Band Electro Shock Therapy), is a Swedish jazz piano trio with Esbjorn Svensson (piano), Dan Berglund (double bass) and Magnus Öström (drums).

e.s.t is renowned for its vibrant style--playing in rock venues to young crowds. It has achieved great commercial success and critical acclaim throughout Europe. From Gagarin's Point of View (ACT, 1999) started its international breakthrough, being the first e.s.t. album to be released outside of Scandinavia.

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