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Their last album sold many thousands copies and they fill the major concert halls in Europe.
This is their 10th album, and the major influence is Bach, most noticeably in the mathematical purity of tracks such as Beggar's Blanket.
From the opening classical piano pattern disrupted by a guitar power chord, "Tuesday Wonderland" avoids the usual melody-improvisation-melody structure beloved of most jazz bands.
It may be too introverted for some, but E.S.T. balance this with expressive solos to make their most accomplished record yet.
From the étude-like opening ("Fading Maid Preludium") that explodes into post Hendrix power-chords to the focused beauty of "Where We Used To Live", this remarkable group is one of the few bands on the current scene that can be truly called sui generis - for evidence of this try the shifting tone colours of the title track.
What is even more remarkable is that Bach's Well Tempered Clavier could inspire such a wide range of moods.
Esbjörn Svensson (pianist), Dan Berglund (bassist) and Magnus Öström (drummer).
There is a lot to like here. Fading Maid Preludium opens the album in a stately manner that promises greatness to come. That is followed by the melodic title cut which is sometimes evocative of Bob James and Joe Sample. Then later Brewery of Beggars heats to a furious boil, simmers down, then boils again. Dolores in A Shoestand is a nearly nine-minute workout that could almost be said to be radio friendly. Eighthundred Streets By Feet is a very relaxing, introspective cut followed immediately by the rolling gallop of Goldwrap. The CD closes on a note that mirrors its opening then segues after a long pause into one of the signature "secret" tunes of which the trio seems to be fond.
Tuesday Wonderland gives you well over an hour of inventive and cerebral jazz from Sweden's finest jazz trio. While it is not my favorite E.S.T. recording, there is more than enough good music here to keep me returning to it time and again.
Tuesday Wonderland takes everything e.s.t. has been doing to the next level. Here they have crafted a complete album with a totally unique mood, texture, and sound that flows beautifully from start to finish. What differentiates album this from other e.s.t. albums is that this is not a collection of great songs, it is a conceptual album. Each song is a crafted composition and fits the overall theme of the album perfectly. It reminds me a great deal on a conceptual level of Pink Floyd's the Wall. While e.s.t. has always been creative with the sounds they employ they've really integrated them well here. Dan Berglund's distorted bass and bowing opens the album and sets the tone. Immediately you are lost in Wonderland. Svensson's use of a piece of paper in the piano strings creates a tinny ghost town effect on several tracks. It is easy to drift off in this surrealistic soundscape. While I love all e.s.t. albums I've heard, this one grows on me with each successive listen, and I think it is the most unique performance they have done.
Fading Maid Preludium - This song opens with a haunting piano line. Berglund then comes crashing in with a bomb of a distorted bass bowed line. Immediately you are transported to Wonderland.
Tuesday Wonderland - This is reminds me of "dodge the dodo" from an earlier e.s.t. work. It is instantly accessible, and the most catchy of all the tunes on the album. The song starts with a really snappy intertwined section consisting of a cool piano riff, bass line, and drum line. This song shows off everything great about e.s.t. Perhaps this is e.s.t.'s best song of all time.
The Goldhearted Miner - This song features soft brush strokes and a shuffle beat on the drums.Read more ›
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I was directed to this dreadful CD by a ListManiac person who claimed it to be one of the best Jazz CDs of the decade. WRONG!!!!!!!! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Trane Lover Brian
Tuesday Wonderland Esbjorn Svensson Trio , love him . One of the great jazz piano player. Will be looking forward to finding more of his music.Published on January 7, 2014 by Jacquelyn Bonniwell
I love this disc, a little darker than the others and it contains some classic e.s.t. material. A must own album for any fan of experimental, jazz and electronic music. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by S. Hartman
Bought this after reading the reviews and listening to snippets on Amazon. Tried real hard to enjoy it but it's not enjoyable save a track or two. Read morePublished on September 26, 2012 by yooker
I listen to a lot of music, and usually enjoy a steady stream of new music. I have to say this recording stands out head and shoulders above most. Read morePublished on February 25, 2012 by applewood
E.S.T. is the Esbjorn Svensson Trio, a jazz piano trio that delves into electronica and classical music to make something that goes beyond jazz but does not devolve into the... Read morePublished on July 7, 2009 by Karl W. Nehring
The album "tuesday wonderland" is my introduction to the Esöjorn Svensson Trio, known best as E.S.T. Read morePublished on June 29, 2009 by Redbone
The Esbjorn Svensson Trio evolved from a fairly standard piano trio to a more innovative, harder-to-define group. Read morePublished on March 27, 2009 by Anthony Cooper