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  • Audio CD (May 8, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Act Music & Vision
  • ASIN: B001NG0FMS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ever since Esbjörn Svensson s untimely death, fans have been longing
for access to archival material and recordings. With 301, they get a
full album of previously unreleased original music!

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Original, absorbing, and dynamic. --JazzWise

The Swedish piano trio at its most thrillingly effective. --The Independent

A journey of the imagination to quietly change your life. --Mojo

The Swedish piano trio at its most thrillingly effective. --The Independent

A journey of the imagination to quietly change your life. --Mojo

Posthumous releases aren't anything new in jazz, but there's something particularly poignant about the recent release from Sweden's Esbjörn Svensson Trio (or E.S.T. for short).


Culled from nine hours of music recorded just before the accidental death of pianist Esbjörn Svensson at 44 years old in 2008, 301 named for the group's recording studio) is probably the final statement this trio will get to make, a reality made all the more poignant by being such an engrossing listen.


With a little luck, however, this will be the album to raise the trio's profile in the U.S., even if it comes a few years too late. Something of the Scandinavian equivalent of a meeting between the Bad Plus and the Brad Mehldau Trio, E.S.T. earned a following in Europe by mixing up the formula for what and where a jazz trio could play. Informed by a panoply of influences that included hip-hop, classical, pop and electronic music, E.S.T. landed on MTV Scandinavia and collaborated with guitarist Pat Metheny in 2003.


Pulled from the same marathon sessions that yielded 2008's Leucocyte, 301 was edited by E.S.T.'s surviving members and its sound engineer (all three band members are credited with electronics). After the elegiac opening of Behind the Stars, the evocative Inner City, City Lights features Svensson's contemplative piano feeling out a melody over a hissing rhythmic backdrop, which sounds a little like an icy radio transmission.


A two-part mini-suite, Three Falling Free opens with a gentle, unsettled melancholy, but as the song builds it becomes a sprawling funk-shaded anthem charged with driving piano, a near-tribal beat and a churning fuzz guitar effect that could've come out of '90s Manchester, England. The Left Lane and album-closer The Childhood Dream also show E.S.T. as just as agile as an acoustic trio, with the latter sounding delicate enough to have fallen out of Keith Jarrett's catalog. We can only wonder where this trio could have ventured next. By Chris Barton --Los Angeles Times

A journey of the imagination to quietly change your life. --Mojo

Posthumous releases aren't anything new in jazz, but there's something particularly poignant about the recent release from Sweden's Esbjörn Svensson Trio (or E.S.T. for short).


Culled from nine hours of music recorded just before the accidental death of pianist Esbjörn Svensson at 44 years old in 2008, 301 named for the group's recording studio) is probably the final statement this trio will get to make, a reality made all the more poignant by being such an engrossing listen.


With a little luck, however, this will be the album to raise the trio's profile in the U.S., even if it comes a few years too late. Something of the Scandinavian equivalent of a meeting between the Bad Plus and the Brad Mehldau Trio, E.S.T. earned a following in Europe by mixing up the formula for what and where a jazz trio could play. Informed by a panoply of influences that included hip-hop, classical, pop and electronic music, E.S.T. landed on MTV Scandinavia and collaborated with guitarist Pat Metheny in 2003.


Pulled from the same marathon sessions that yielded 2008's Leucocyte, 301 was edited by E.S.T.'s surviving members and its sound engineer (all three band members are credited with electronics). After the elegiac opening of Behind the Stars, the evocative Inner City, City Lights features Svensson's contemplative piano feeling out a melody over a hissing rhythmic backdrop, which sounds a little like an icy radio transmission.


A two-part mini-suite, Three Falling Free opens with a gentle, unsettled melancholy, but as the song builds it becomes a sprawling funk-shaded anthem charged with driving piano, a near-tribal beat and a churning fuzz guitar effect that could've come out of '90s Manchester, England. The Left Lane and album-closer The Childhood Dream also show E.S.T. as just as agile as an acoustic trio, with the latter sounding delicate enough to have fallen out of Keith Jarrett's catalog. We can only wonder where this trio could have ventured next. By Chris Barton --Los Angeles Times

A journey of the imagination to quietly change your life. --Mojo

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One of their CD's also has a DVD with it.
Robert L. Lazar
The result is music that transcends jazz, that goes beyond neo-classical, that lends a sophistication to pop music.
Robert Carraher
I am still sad but glad we got one more from e.s.t. Buy it, you will not be displeased!
S. Hartman

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Sanilevich on May 13, 2012
Format: Audio CD
When I guess nobody was expecting it, a new EST album was released...
The material for this album comes from the same recording session(9 hours in all for a planned double album ) as 'Leucocyte' but fans of 'Leucocyte' might feel a bit disapointed.The feeling is that most of the innovative material was used in 'Leucocyte'.However, while not so ground breaking as 'Leucocyte', '301' has it's own moments of electronics , distorsions and noise ,especially 'Huston, the 5th' but not only, and the general feeling is that the music here is less agressive than in 'Leucocyte' which in my opinion is not such a bad thing.
One upbeat pretty conventional jazz piece('Left Lane'), some very nice ballads(of which 'Three Falling Free part I' and 'The Childhood Dream' stand with Esborn Svenson's best ) and one fierce percussive epic('Three Falling Free part II' ) , all wearing the classic EST sound trademark, make this another great EST album.
As good as their best releases, it makes an excellent addition to the EST collection.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert Carraher on June 2, 2012
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Whenever I listen to e.s.t., the Esbjörn Svensson Trio, I am never sure how to classify it. Jazz? Neo-Classical? Electronica? But in the end, I get lost in the music and the labels no longer are important. For the uninitiated, e.s.t was the planet conquoring Swedish jazz piano trio formed in 1993 consisting of Esbjörn Svensson (piano), Dan Berglund (double bass) and Magnus Öström (drums). Its music has classical, rock, pop, and techno elements.

e.s.t. was a phenomenon: A jazz trio, that saw itself as a pop band that plays jazz, which broke with the tradition of leader and sidemen in favor of equality within its members, which not only played jazz-venues but also venues usually reserved for rock bands, which used light effects and fog-machines in their live shows, which got a whole audience to sing-a-long to jazz-standards as eg. Thelonious Monk's "Bemsha Swing", it is a trio that goes beyond the scope of the usual classic jazz trio. Their music was found in the pop-charts and their videos played on MTV Scandinavia. With their unique soundscape, combining jazz with drum 'n' bass, electronic elements, funk rhythm, and pop and rock as well as European classical music,e.s.t. won an audience spanning from the classic jazz fans to the younger hip hop fans. Critics and audiences worldwide agree: e.s.t. was one of the most innovative jazz bands of the 21st century.

In January 2007, e.s.t. was on tour in Asia and Australia performing shows in Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Jakarta, Perth and Sydney. It was their third tour of Japan and their second time on the continent; and the venues and audiences had become noticeably bigger.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Lazar on June 20, 2012
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I've only known about EST for about 3 months. They're from Scandinavia, notvwell known in the States. A song of theirs came on Pandora and caught my attention. They had a sound that was distinctive and I liked the compositions: melodic but in a jazzy way, complex but not to the extreme. The leader and keyboard player Esbjorn Svensson, is incredibly gifted improvisationally with a great sense how to use space. When the drummer is let loose, he's dynamite. And the bass player uses a bow on some songs to great effect. They seem to like experimenting with their instruments and equipment. (One of their CD's also has a DVD with it.) It sounds like more than 3 people. I thought that Pat Metheny would be a perfect addition to them. I was pleasantly surprised to find some clips of this quartet on you tube. Must have been when PM was on a European tour. When I discovered E.S. had died in a scuba diving accident, I was shocked, dismayed and disappointed. This CD, released 4 years after his death if memory serves, contains all the attributes that made the group EST unique and special. It simply is EST at its best: great compositions, improvising, variety, originality and harmony amongst the musicians. A fitting memorial for a superb musician the world will miss...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brent Russell on February 22, 2015
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I'm a serious fan of EST and I REALLY LIKE 301. Noting that it's from the same recording sessions as Leucocyte.... I find Leucocyte very difficult, nearly unlistenable at times....301 is much more approachable, with some flavor of the band's previous albums. But if you're new to EST, maybe start with some older stuff, such as 7 Days of Falling or Somewhere Else Before, unless your jazz tastes are well-developed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Hartman on March 5, 2013
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This part 2 of the experimental studio improv is amazing. Some very deep tracks here for all to devour... The kind you find new inspiration in every time you listen to it. This 2nd posthumous release is a great finish to an amazing catalog of albums. I am still sad but glad we got one more from e.s.t.

Buy it, you will not be displeased!
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