June 15, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Reuters has reported that pianist Esbjorn Svensson died yesterday, during a
scuba diving excursion. He was 44 years old.
In 2001, I had the opportunity to interview the members of EST in New York,
just as the Swedish trio was gaining some recognition in the US. I say that
because they were already huge stars in their native Sweden. The show,
Introducing EST, coincided with the release of Somewhere Else Before.
Listen to it here. It includes some sections of that interview with Esbjorn,
Dan Berglund, and Magnus Ostrom, as well as a live in-studio performance.
You can also listen to EST from North Sea Jazz, courtesy JazzSet and Radio
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June 11, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Welcome to the show. Thanks for joining us tonight.
The first song is "Venga." It's from the last Guillermo Klein recording.
Called Una Nave.
Second song is "Juana." From LOS GUACHOS II.
This band has been rehearsing nonstop. That, combined with being together on and off for 13 years, makes a HUGE difference for the music.
9:19 Singer Carmen Canela has joined the band onstage. She is featured on the new recording, FILTROS. She flew in from Barcelona to be at the Village Vanguard this week. Singing "Amor Profundo."
9:23 Carmen singing "Textura de Sueno." This is based on a poem by Nicaraguan writer, Gioconda Belli. Loosely tranlated as "Haunted Night."
9:29 George Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm," with "Moliendo Cafe."
Carmen's last tune with Los Guachos tonight. Also from UNA NAVE.
9:32 Very powerful solo from Miguel Zenon.
9:41 "Vaca." This is an Argentine children's song with a beat from Ghana and a composition from the modernist Gyorgi Ligeti called "Hungarian Rock." Cool. Hear a story about it here.
9:47 "Yeso," from the new record, FILTROS. Everyone singing. A very beautiful song.
10:00 Evertime I hear this song, "Miula," I feel like I'm in a time warp. Guillermo told me he thinks about the movie, MATRIX. Funny.
10:13 Sorry, folks. I got so wrapped up in the last tune that I was neglecting the blog. Music does this to me.
Hope you enjoyed the show. Come back next week for Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band.
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