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Esbjorn Svensson

e.s.t. is a phenomenon: A jazz trio, which sees itself as a pop band that plays jazz, which broke with the tradition of leader and sidemen in favor of equality within its members, which not only plays jazz- venues but also venues usually reserved for rock bands, which uses light effects and fog-machines in their live shows, which gets a whole audience to sing-a-long with jazz-standards as eg. Thelonious Monk's "Bemsha Swing", is a trio that goes beyond the scope of the usual classic jazz trio. Their music can be found in the pop-charts and their videos are playing on MTV Scandinavia. With their unique soundscape, combining jazz with drum 'n' bass, electronic elements, funk rhythm, and pop and rock as well as European Classical music, e.s.t

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Kneebody: Chapters

Read "Chapters" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

Chapters è il nono disco in studio degli americani Kneebody, il quartetto fondato nel 2001 fra le aule della Eastman School of Music di Rochester dagli allora studenti Adam Benjamin, Ben Wendel, Shane Endsley e Kaveh Rastegar, a cui si aggiunse successivamente Nate Wood. A tre anni dal solido Anti-Hero, un disco rassicurante nella misura in ...

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Jetse de Jong: Intercities

Read "Intercities" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Adept at drawing upon all the Nordic shades of prolonged light, Amsterdam-based pianist {Jetse de Jong, drummer Roope Kantonen, and bassist Robert Rebane tell their travelogues while fully bearing witness to ours, resulting in a debut of articulate beauty and restive motion. The seven well-crafted, diligently thought-out de Jong compositions which make up the ...

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Jim Black Trio: Reckon

Read "Reckon" reviewed by John Sharpe

The piano trio field is a big one, even that corner reserved for the evenly poised triumvirate heirs to Bill Evans. But drummer Jim Black's unit carves out its own distinctive acre. On the fourth album since its inception in 2011 the threesome, completed by NYC-based, Austrian-born pianist Elias Stemeseder and bassist Thomas Morgan, has reached ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Esbjorn Svensson

Jazz Musician of the Day: Esbjorn Svensson

All About Jazz is celebrating Esbjorn Svensson's birthday today! e.s.t. is a phenomenon: A jazz trio, which sees itself as a pop band that plays jazz, which broke with the tradition of leader and sidemen in favor of equality within its members, which not only plays jazz- venues but also venues usually reserved for rock bands, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Emie R. Roussel Trio: Rythme de Passage

Read "Rythme de Passage" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The artist's job: Find your voice. The Montreal-based Emie Rioux Roussel Trio has spent ten years at the endeavor, one that has taken the group to Japan, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy and Estonia, garnering many prestigious award nominations along the way. The music on Rythme de Passage, the group's fifth album release, displays sharply-defined ...

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Alison Rayner Quintet: Short Stories

Read "Short Stories" reviewed by Chris May

The Alison Rayner Quintet's third album is good medicine. Despite the sad events which inspired it, about which more in a moment, Short Stories tells its tales through strong melodies, sinewy rhythms and luminous solos, is by turns tender and exuberant, has an uplifting narrative arc, and simply makes you feel better for listening to it. ...

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A World of Piano Trios II

Read "A World of Piano Trios II" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Several parts of the world heard from in this installment: Sweden, Norway, France, and the United States. Esbjorn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.) e.s.t. live in Gothenburg ACT Music 2019 Before Swedish jazz pianist Esbjörn Svensson's untimely death in 2008, e.s.t. was a sensation. They brought an eclecticism and rock-like ...

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Tubis Trio: So Us

Read "So Us" reviewed by Geno Thackara

There are so many acts that are easy not to notice--yes, even in the jazz world where just about everybody is under the radar in some way--but this Polish piano trio still seems more of a buried treasure than most. They've quietly built an impressively smart catalogue almost in secret, like an out- of-the-way quality restaurant ...

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Esbjörn Svensson Trio: e.s.t. live in Gothenburg

Read "e.s.t. live in Gothenburg" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

More than a decade after a tragic diving accident ended Swedish pianist Esbjorn Svensson's life and thus dissolved his renowned trio, the group remains a potent force in the world of popular jazz recordings. This digital document from a 2001 concert in Gothenburg seems certain to perpetuate that legacy. While much of this album ...


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