EST | Tuesday Wonderland

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Esbjörn Svensson (p), Dan Berglund (b) and Magnus Öström (d) Rec. date not given EST | Tuesday Wonderland
In the beginning it was Sweden, then Europe and now it’s the world. The rise and rise of EST has been remarkable in recent years – in the USA they were the first ever European jazz group to feature on the cover of Downbeat magazine, while their intro to Japan’s top promoter was on the recommendation of Keith Jarrett. If any one is in any doubt about how original, absorbing and dynamic this band is, then get Tuesday Wonderland, their tenth album.

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.

Stuart Nicholson