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E.S.T.: Leucocyte

If ever there was a bittersweet listen, it’s Leucocyte, the final studio CD by E.S.T. The trio was named for Esbjörn Svensson, the Swedish bandleader and keyboardist who died in a scuba diving accident near Stockholm in June at age 44. He left behind a wife, two sons, bassist Dan Berglund and drummer Magnus ?-ström, and legions of fans.

Most of those fans were European. E.S.T. played occasional club shows in the United States, but often sold out concert halls overseas. The name Leucocyte refers to cells in the body’s immune system, which must renew themselves to ward off infections. The trio used improvisational jams between official gigs to renew themselves, and recorded the disc during off-days on E.S.T.’s 2007 Australian tour.

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