Esbjorn Svensson Trio
July 19, 2012 9:58 AM   Subscribe

In this self-aware, soulful music I found everything I was looking for - and it frequently moved me to tears. It has been four years since the tragic passing of Swedish "jazz" pianist Esbjorn Svensson.

A couple of examples of the Esbjorn Svensson Trio (EST) in action: "Serenade for the Renegade"; Live In Burghausen 2004 - Full Concert(both SLYT)

Today I learned a new posthumous EST album has been released titled "301". Though I haven't expeienced it yet -the NPR verdict: "Usually the posthumous album is a downer, a collection of scraps that don't add much to a legacy, but that's not the case with 301. The new set contains some of E.S.T.'s finest work".
posted by incandissonance (9 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I had the great privilege of seeing EST play not that long before Esbjörn Svensson died, and it was utterly fantastic. 'Tuesday Wonderland' has been in constant heavy rotation since. Going to sit down and watch the linked concert this evening. Didn't know about this new album either, thanks for the post.
posted by Dysk at 10:06 AM on July 19, 2012

wow I didnt know he died. I saw them (EST) at Yoshi's in Oakland and the show was just stunning. thanks for the post!
posted by supermedusa at 10:11 AM on July 19, 2012

I learned about EST by reading of Svensson's death. It's terrible how it took his death to bring me so much joy in his music.

He was fucking superb.
posted by Keith Talent at 10:22 AM on July 19, 2012

I had no idea that he died. Wow.

posted by downing street memo at 11:07 AM on July 19, 2012

I too learned of EST via radio tributes when Svensson died. I struggle to listen to them without being absolutely heartbroken that I will never get to see them live. Ironically they were due to play Edinburgh (my hometown) within a few weeks.

Suspect I'm now going to spend the rest of this evening watching that Burghausen gig (thanks for the awesome link, incondissonance) and being wistful. I anticipate the involvement of single-malt whisky.
posted by kxr at 1:18 PM on July 19, 2012

Thanks for this. I had never heard of them before. Really nice.
posted by Vokram at 4:42 PM on July 19, 2012


A great loss to mankind.
posted by ruelle at 7:25 PM on July 19, 2012

> I learned about EST by reading of Svensson's death.

Me too, and I only started listening to them within the last year. Thanks for the post.
posted by languagehat at 6:34 AM on July 20, 2012

Me three.

Fans of EST might also wish to check out Tonbruket from EST's bassist Dan Berglund.
posted by Slyfen at 7:50 PM on July 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

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