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The Esbj: Viaticum

Read "Viaticum" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

While the piano-led trio is one of the staples of jazz, it can conform to tradition so much that it fails to connect with listeners on an emotional level. Not so with E.S.T. This Scandinavian group adheres to the form just enough to be considered a jazz trio, but between original compositions and sound enhancements that ...

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Tineke Postma: For the Rhythm

Read "For the Rhythm" reviewed by Jim Santella

Driving with plenty of contemporary excitement all around her, Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma provides the kind of tension and release that makes modern jazz swing. Not quite thirty, but experienced through rigorous educational programs in both the United States and Holland, she has combined a strong foundation with her natural inclination for jazz's mainstream. Eight of ...

Sandro Albert: The Color of Things

Read "The Color of Things" reviewed by Jim Santella

Wow, what an exciting mainstream jazz celebration from guitarist Sandro Albert on his second CD as leader! With woodwind artist Katisse Buckingham serving as his musical partner, and by inviting a little help from several other talented friends, Albert has created a sensational album that should appeal to a wide segment of the jazz listening population.

Sandro Albert: The Color Of Things

Read "The Color Of Things" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

Sandro Albert's biggest weakness may be his near-perfect ability to imitate one of the world's best jazz guitarists. The Brazilian native has a lot going for him on The Color Of Things, his second album. His compositions reflect a strong melodic and harmonic ear, a first-rate roster of players mixes well, and there's plenty of intellect ...

The Esbj: Viaticum

Read "Viaticum" reviewed by Sergio Masferrer

The Esbjörn Svensson Trio stayed hidden to my ears until I discovered the existence of Viaticum. The impact of this recording is immediate: it belongs to a new jazz school, in which I don't know who's the teacher and who's the pupil, but where we can find the names of Brad Mehldau--with his Art Of The ...

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The Esbjorn Svensson Trio (e.s.t.): Viaticum

Read "Viaticum" reviewed by John Kelman

Together now for over a dozen years, e.s.t. has clearly developed a number of personal stylistic markers. Blending improvisation with a distinct pop sensibility that includes subtle use of electronics--with the exception of Dan Berglund's aggressive fuzztone arco bass--the trio has honed a sound incorporating elements of drum 'n' bass, electronica, funk, pop, classical and rock, ...

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Esbjorn Svensson Trio (e.s.t.): Seven Days of Falling

Read "Seven Days of Falling" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The Esbjörn Svensson Trio, or e.s.t. as it prefers to be known these days, brings luminosity to the art of the piano trio on this, its eighth recording. Credit these three players with a strong sense of musicality and the ability to go past the obvious and build layer upon layer of enticing sonority. The arrangements ...

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Soul Ballet: DreamBeatDream

Read "DreamBeatDream" reviewed by Brian Soergel

The dreamy, sexy music that Soul Ballet offers comes courtesy of Rick Kelly, who imagines Soul Ballet as a conceptual process. What kind of process? Well, it you like downtempo instrumentals with elements of classical, rock, new age and smooth jazz music, Soul Ballet is your musical nirvana. This is the style of romantic of music ...

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Esbjorn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.): Seven Days of Falling

Read "Seven Days of Falling" reviewed by John Kelman

Now in their tenth year, the Swedish piano trio e.s.t. has gradually evolved into a significant force on the European scene, playing to packed houses and releasing records that figure on jazz and pop charts. Why they've never managed to achieve the same level of success in North America is a mystery. The more elegant alternative ...