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Esbjörn Svensson

Esbjörn Svensson Trio

Pianist Esbjörn Svensson is not really surprised to see his E.S.T. trio become one of the most talked about jazz groups in Europe. “It’s not by accident it is happening for us,” he says. “We have been working very hard for it. It’s taken us seven years of touring, concentrating on our music, and it’s beginning to pay off.”

With the release of Somewhere Else Before by Columbia, combining the best tracks from his last two albums, From Gargarin’s Point of View and Good Morning Susie Soho (both on ACT), American audiences will get a chance to hear E.S.T.’s ingenious lyricism and deft interplay among the group, which includes bassist Dan Berglund and drummer Magnus ?-ström. The 36-year-old Svensson avoids the usual jazz musician’s stock-in-trade-cramming as many notes as he can into the square inch-in favor of a darkly intense lyricism that meets at the intersection of sensuality and swing.

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