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Nils Landgren & Esbjorn Svensson - Layers of Light (2001) {ACT Music 9281-2}

Nils Landgren & Esbjorn Svensson - Layers of Light (2001) {ACT Music 9281-2}
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© 2001 ACT Music | ACT 9281-2
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Folk Jazz / Trombone / Piano

It was through the influence of Landgren and Svensson’s former teacher Bengt-Arne Wallin, who recorded the landmark album “Old Folklore In Swedish Modern” back in 1962 (ACT 9254-2), that Svensson and Landgren were inspired to make a duo album centered around folk songs. In August 1997 both went into the studio and with only trombone and piano recorded Swedish Folk Modern (ACT 9257-2). Their improvised treatments of the classic songs of the folk culture not only impressed the public; it brought praise from the press.
Esbjorn Svensson Trio (e.s.t.) - Live In Hamburg (2007) {2CD ACT Music ACT 6002-2}

Esbjorn Svensson Trio (e.s.t.) - Live In Hamburg (2007) {2CD ACT Music ACT 6002-2}
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© 2007 ACT Music | ACT 6002-2
Jazz / Modern Jazz / Post Bop / Progressive Jazz / Piano Trio

The “Jazz album of the decade 2000 – 2010” (London Times). In a word: wow. Since their 1993 debut album, the Esbjörn Svensson Trio, or E.S.T., as it is usually called, have taken the jazz world by storm, winning numerous awards, playing sold-out world tours, topping the charts, and generally enjoying a popularity that's exceeded that of almost any other jazz group in years. The trio was also the first European jazz group to grace the cover of Down Beat magazine, which led to long discussions about the heritage of jazz and the validity of European jazz; and, naturally, it caused some listeners to perceive an artificial hype and discredit the band for simply not being as brilliant as everyone says they are.

Esbjorn Svensson Trio - Plays Monk (1996) {ACT Music}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at Nov. 8, 2015
Esbjorn Svensson Trio - Plays Monk (1996) {ACT Music}

Esbjorn Svensson Trio - Plays Monk (1996) {ACT Music}
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© 2000 ACT Music / Superstudio Gul | ACT 9010-2
Jazz / Post Bop / Progressive Jazz / Piano

Thelonius Monk was one of the truly great piano geniuses on the international jazz scene.Esbjörn Svensson is one of the truly great piano talents on the Scandinavian jazz scene.In some way you knew that they had to meet sooner or later. At last spiritually. And musically. "Plays Monk" is the telling title of the CD from 1996 by Esbjörn Svensson Trio (EST), now released on ACT. Ten of the most beloved songs by Monk, from nocturnal, lovingly caressing "`Round Midnight" to the gay and sprightly "Rhythm-A-Ning", gets here a becomingly shining new colour.

Nils Landgren - Eternal Beauty (2014) {ACT Music} [repost]  Music

Posted by ruskaval at Oct. 12, 2014
Nils Landgren - Eternal Beauty (2014) {ACT Music} [repost]

Nils Landgren - Eternal Beauty (2014) {ACT Music}
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© 2014 ACT Music | ACT 9562-2
Jazz / Post Bop / Trombone / Vocal Jazz

Not only the trombonist Nils Landgren has built up an enormous fan base over the decades – with his Funk Unit, with big bands and alongside the greats of jazz music – so has the vocalist Nils Landgren. His clear, throaty and yet mellow voice is very distinctive, and perfect for ballads. Apart from on his Christmas anthology "Christmas With My friends," it could also be admired on "The Moon, The Stars And You" that came out two years ago.
Esbjorn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.) - Tuesday Wonderland (2006) {ACT Music SACD 9806-2}

Esbjorn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.) - Tuesday Wonderland (2006) {ACT Music SACD 9806-2}
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© 2006 ACT Music | SACD 9806-2
Jazz / Modern Jazz / Post Bop / Progressive Jazz / Piano Trio

Sweden's preeminent jazz fusion band the Esbjörn Svensson Trio, named after the charismatic and inventive pianist, has been a sensation in Europe since the early '90s, capturing numerous Swedish Grammys (including one for Tuesday Wonderland long before its Stateside release), a French Grammy, and gold and platinum awards in their home country, Germany and France. But they deserve more than this – a medal, actually – for finding a unique blend of melodic jazz, classical, electronica and rock – that has earned them an audience of both older jazz lovers and trendy hip-hop kids. It speaks to the freshness of their vibe that their videos play regularly on MTV Scandinavia and they're the only European jazz band ever to grace the cover of Downbeat.
Rigmor Gustafsson - When You Make Me Smile (2014) {ACT Music}

Rigmor Gustafsson - When You Make Me Smile (2014) {ACT Music}
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© 2014 ACT Music | 9728-2
Jazz / Vocal Jazz / Post Bop / Contemporary Jazz

Rigmor Gustafsson has always known that her personality comes out best when singing melodious jazz. To do that realisation justice, she seeks out special music-making constellations and fascinating combinations. On When You Make me Smile , she now takes this to the next level: In addition to her working band , with the trusted companions Jonas Östholm on the piano, Martin Höper on bass and Jonas Holgersson on the drums, she not only gathers an illustrious team of guests around her, like the woodwind and flute player Magnus Lindgren, trombonist Karin Hammar and guitarist Max Schultz, but also an almost 30-strong orchestra. Together with the Dalasinfoniettan, one of the leading orchestras in Sweden, with a wealth of experience in many different styles, the music shines in symphonic splendour and is lent a colourful expressiveness. This represents the fulfilment of a heartfelt dream that Gustafsson has had for a long time.
Esbjorn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.) - Retrospective. The Very Best Of E.S.T. (2009) {ACT Music}

Esbjorn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.) - Retrospective. The Very Best Of E.S.T. (2009) {ACT Music}
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© 2009 ACT Music | 9021-2
Jazz / Post Bop

Despite the fact that 2008’ Leucocyte, would be the Esbjörn Svensson Trio's final album due to the tragic scuba diving accident that killed Svensson, this was a band that had traversed such wide musical territory they deserved a retrospective treatment simply to sum up what had transpired between the release of 1993’s When Everyone Has Gone and that premature finale. While this 70-minute single disc doesn’t contain any unreleased material, or pre-1999 material (in favor of presenting the trio’s fully developed aesthetic), it is beautifully compiled.
Esbjorn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.) - Live In Hamburg (2007) [2CD] {ACT Music} [repost]

Esbjorn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.) - Live In Hamburg (2007) [2CD] {ACT Music}
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© 2007 ACT Music | 6002-2
Jazz / Progressive Jazz / Electronic / Piano

In a word: wow. Since their 1993 debut album, the Esbjörn Svensson Trio, or E.S.T., as it is usually called, have taken the jazz world by storm, winning numerous awards, playing sold-out world tours, topping the charts, and generally enjoying a popularity that's exceeded that of almost any other jazz group in years. The trio was also the first European jazz group to grace the cover of Down Beat magazine, which led to long discussions about the heritage of jazz and the validity of European jazz; and, naturally, it caused some listeners to perceive an artificial hype and discredit the band for simply not being as brilliant as everyone says they are.

Celine Bonacina Trio - Open Heart (2013) {ACT 9514-2}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at March 12, 2017
Celine Bonacina Trio - Open Heart (2013) {ACT 9514-2}

Celine Bonacina Trio - Open Heart (2013) {ACT 9514-2}
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© 2013 ACT Music | ACT 9514-2
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Fusion / Baritone Saxophone

The baritone saxophone is seldom heard outside brass sections of big bands. As a solo instrument or as the only brass instrument in a band it is a real rarity and there is only one female baritone saxophonist who truly masters her instrument – Céline Bonacina. You might be surprised to see the petite Frenchwoman pick up an instrument that is almost the same size as her but, when she starts playing, the mésalliance becomes a symbiosis and the sound flows out without effort.

Esbjorn Svensson Trio (e.s.t.) - Leucocyte (2008) {ACT 9018-2}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at Feb. 25, 2017
Esbjorn Svensson Trio (e.s.t.) - Leucocyte (2008) {ACT 9018-2}

Esbjorn Svensson Trio (e.s.t.) - Leucocyte (2008) {ACT 9018-2}
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© 2008 ACT Music | ACT 9018-2
Jazz / Modern Jazz / Post Bop / Progressive Jazz / Piano Trio

It's a damn shame that Leucocyte is the final studio album by the Esbjörn Svensson Trio. Svensson died in a tragic diving accident in June of 2008, shortly after this set was finished. More than any other recording issued by this excellent band, Leucocyte captures the art of music making at the moment of conception; it was recorded as live-in-the-studio improvisation over two days in an Australian studio. It was completely finished, post-production and all, with a release date before Svensson's death. The words "post-production" mean plenty when it comes to E.S.T.'s music. The trio often recorded and added sonic effects to their structured, composed pieces. It underscored their hip sophistication and accessibility. It made them a hit with both jazz fans and younger audiences who listen to Radiohead, Sigur Rós, and even heavy metal more than jazz.