We’re leaving this week’s Song For Sunday in the capable hands of Swedish jazz’s outfit Esbjorn Svensson Trio.
Firstly, a thank to Jo Gallant for putting me onto this group. Esbjorn Svensson Trio were a jazz piano trio formed back in 1993 comprising of the lead man Esbjörn Svensson on piano, Dan Berglund on double bass and Magnus Öström on drums. There music transcended the genres of classical, rock and pop, fusing jazz with more electronic elements. The group disbanded in 2008 due to the unfortunate death of Svensson in a scuba diving accident in 2008.
In 2003, Esbjorn Svensson Trio released Seven Days of Falling, garnering acclaim in both the jazz and main music charts but the song(s) for our Song For Sunday are the title track and Elevation of Love. I especially like the electronic effects on the double bass, giving the song a unique droning sound in contrast to the more traditional jazz composition. The emotion in Svensson’s piano playing is also very evident, sonically and visually. Elevation of Love is more uptempo and sonically busy but equally as powerful, with some Herbie Hancock-styled play from Svensson towards the end.
Stream them both below and enjoy!