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The Esbjorn Svensson Trio: Taking Five with E.S.T.

The Esbjorn Svensson Trio
The Esbjorn Svensson Trio (Photo: Lisa Thorson)

The Esbjorn Svensson Trio–aka E.S.T.–is huge in Europe, but the highly melodic and immediately accessible Swedish piano trio has had a harder time making a mark in the U.S. After a two-album stint with a pre-Bad Plus Columbia, the band was dropped with little fanfare or Stateside notice, even though overseas writers slobbered over the group like it was the second coming of the Bill Evans-Scott LaFaro-Paul Motian trio.

While E.S.T. continues to be huge across the pond–and still has Euro-jazz writers blowing them kisses in print–the trio has released its last two CDs, Seven Days of Falling and the new Viaticum, on New Jersey indie label 215 and is still trying to find a foothold here.

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