"Leucocyte" the Last Album from Beloved International Jazz Trio E.S.T. in Stores This September
Live In Hamburg Released Digitally Only On September 30th
The new album from the international jazz trio e.s.t (the Esbjorn Svensson Trio) serves as their ultimate legacy after the sudden accidental death of the Swedish jazz pianist and composer Esbjörn Svensson while scuba diving near Stockholm at the age of 44.
Leucocyte pays tribute and carries on the memory of one of the most innovative jazz trios of our times. The album will be in stores September 30th on Emarcy. Capturing the incredible concert performances, Emarcy will also release the double live album, Live In Hamburg, simultaneously via online retailers everywhere.
The name of the album Leuocyte comes from the literal definition- white blood cells, part of the human immune system that protects the body against foreign pathogens and infections. They must periodically renew themselves to continue their work and for e.s.t., spontaneous jam sessions were precisely their way to renew and rejuvenate. In between gigs the trio often rented studio rehearsal space for a couple of days during tours to jam without any pre-composed material. The musicians the freedom of improvising and the free exchange of idea in order to explore new musical regions, or as Esbjörn Svensson always formulated it, to follow the music". By using this method they were able to fuse traditional jazz, funk and rock to create a tapestry of genres.
The threesome--Esbjörn Svensson (piano), Dan Berglund (double bass) and Magnus Öström (drums)- have always blended an eclectic mix of classical, melodic jazz and electronics coupled with an energetic rock element; but Leuocyte shows e.s.t. taking it to the next level with their most daring, innovative and ground breaking performance. The recording was a the result of one of the aforementioned two day jams sessions that took place at the famed Studios 301" in Sydney during the band's Australian tour in 2007.
The trio exploded onto the scene with From Gagarin's Point Of View, before coming to Earth with Strange Place For Snow and Seven Days Of Falling. Esbjörn Svensson provided food for the soul with Viaticum, lost himself in his Tuesday Wonderland, and the journey now comes to an unfortunate end with Leucocyte. Their incredible musical journey began barely ten years ago but they garnered several prestigious awards, graced the cover of several international magazine including Jazziz and Downbeat and mesmerized critics and fans along the way. To say Esbjörn Svensson will be missed is a massive understatement but his legend lives on with the wonderful expressive music of e.s.t..