Esbjörn Svensson Trio

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Esbjörn Svensson Trio
Esbjörn Svensson Trio (2007)
Esbjörn Svensson Trio (2007)
General information
origin Stockholm , Sweden
Genre (s) jazz
founding 1993
resolution 2008
Founding members
Esbjörn Svensson († June 14, 2008 )
Dan Berglund
Magnus Öström

The Esbjörn Svensson Trio , (est) , was a Swedish jazz - Trio , founded in 1993, with no line-up changes to the accidental death of Esbjörn Svensson existed of 2008.

Members of the trio were the pianist Esbjörn Svensson , the bassist Dan Berglund and the drummer Magnus Öström . est was not only one of the most famous representatives of the Scandinavian jazz scene, but also one of the most successful European jazz formations.

The Esbjörn Svensson Trio in July 2003

The music combines well-designed jazz with elements of pop music and drum and bass .

The trio

In order to realize his musical ideas, Svensson found in Magnus Öström and from 1993 in Dan Berglund the appropriate musicians for his Esbjörn Svensson Trio. In the same year the trio released their debut album When Everyone Has Gone . Further publications followed a short time later.

The trio had made a name for themselves in Sweden in the mid-1990s. In 1995 and 1996 Svensson was named Swedish “Jazz Musician of the Year”. The 1997 CD Winter in Venice received the Swedish Grammis . With the album From Gagarin's Point of View, published in 1999, and participation in the JazzBaltica and Montreux festivals , the international breakthrough was achieved.

A year later, est played at all major festivals in Europe, USA and Japan. The album Strange Place for Snow received the annual award of the German Record Critics and other international awards. Pieces from this CD were selected as the soundtrack for a film. Seven Days of Falling was a resounding success in Europe, USA and Japan. The trio was then awarded the Hans Koller Prize in 2004. In 2005 it was the first European formation to appear on the front page of the renowned US magazine Downbeat . The death of Esbjörn Svensson in a diving accident in 2008 resulted in the breakup of the formation.

Since 2013 Magnus Öström and Dan Berglund have been on tour with the project est symphony , which plays symphonic versions of the est pieces under the direction of the Swedish arranger and conductor Hans Ek .


Breaks can be heard in the music of the trio, both musically and socially. However, his radicalism never went so far as to forget his roots. The three emphasized again and again that they were fully committed to the American jazz tradition without sticking to it. With its multi-layered sound expansions, partly with electronic means, the trio has found its own "percussively breathing, widely developing music".

The band had a different playing stance than conventional jazz groups: It consisted “of their preference for riffs , the forced pulse of the rhythm group , but above all that they tried to define their own sound like a rock group , often with the help of electronic devices.” Changed was also “the timing and the interaction” between the musicians: “The trio had developed an organic form of improvisation, it seemed as if nobody was playing solo , but everyone was doing it at the same time.”

est was actually an impossibility in itself: it saw itself as a pop band playing jazz. The trio differed from other contemporary jazz groups in that the musicians concentrated entirely on the work in this formation and hardly distracted themselves with other projects. The three soloists not only played jazz gigs, but also performed where rock bands would normally play.


Chart positions
Explanation of the data
EST Plays Monk
  SE 41 06/07/1996 (2 weeks)
Kära you (with Louise Hoffsten & Lasse Englund)
  SE 25th 11/22/1996 (6 weeks)
Winter in Venice
  SE 36 11/28/1997 (5 weeks)
From Gagarin's Point Of View
  SE 24 02/25/1999 (6 weeks)
Good Morning Susie Soho
  SE 15th 05/10/2000 (4 weeks)
Strange place for snow
  SE 21st 03/29/2002 (4 weeks)
Seven Days Of Falling
  DE 98 10/06/2003 (1 week)
  SE 15th 03/10/2003 (5 weeks)
  DE 45 02/07/2005 (4 weeks)
  SE 5 02/03/2005 (7 weeks)
Tuesday Wonderland
  DE 62 10/06/2006 (3 weeks)
  SE 11 09/28/2006 (5 weeks)
Live in Hamburg
  SE 29 11/29/2007 (3 weeks)
  DE 34 09/12/2008 (6 weeks)
  AT 64 09/26/2008 (1 week)
  CH 83 09/14/2008 (2 weeks)
  SE 2 04.09.2008 (14 weeks)
  DE 53 04/13/2012 (3 weeks)
  CH 88 04/15/2012 (1 week)
  SE 16 03/30/2012 (9 weeks)
EST Live in London
  DE 16 May 18, 2018 (5 weeks)
  AT 32 05/25/2018 (2 weeks)
  CH 62 05/20/2018 (2 weeks)
  SE 22nd May 18, 2018 (2 weeks)
EST Live in Gothenburg
  DE 30th 11/01/2019 (1 week)

Studio albums

Live albums

  • 1995: EST Live '95
  • 2003: Live in Stockholm , DVD recorded in December 2000, with interview
  • 2005: Viaticum Live in Berlin
  • 2007: Recorded live in Hamburg on November 22nd, 2006 in the Laeiszhalle , recording by NDR
  • 2018: EST live in London , ACT, rec. 2005, ed. 2018
  • 2019: EST Live in Gothenburg , ACT, rec. 2001, ed. 2019


  • 2009: Retrospective - The Very Best of EST


Web links

Commons : Esbjörn Svensson Trio  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

References and comments

  1. a b Ralph Geisenhanslüke: Esbjörn Svensson Trio . In: Tagesspiegel , September 12, 2008
  2. dieselmusic
  3. Arte / Metropolis ( Memento of the original dated February 4, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. Soul balm and acts of strength . In: Die Zeit , No. 46/2006
  6. Obituary: Jazz for tomorrow In: Zeit online 25/2008
  7. Norbert Dömling : Journey into Nowhere . ( Memento of the original from September 12, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , September 1, 2008 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  8. Ebjörn Svensson talks to Barbara Stein caster (2005). Jazz Podium 9/2008: 4-6
  9. Underwater music 3sat culture time
  10. Chart sources: DE AT CH SE
  11. The 2001 album Somewhere Else Before for the US market is a compilation and contains tracks from the albums From Gagarin's Point of View and Good Morning Susie Soho .
  12. in Sweden under the title Mr. & Mrs. Handkerchief
  13. Meeting (Jazzthing)