Release Date: 09/01/08
Profound and intense, e.s.t. had reached a level of interaction most bands can only dream of.
For e.s.t., spontaneous jam sessions were the way to renewal. They would often rent a local recording studio for a couple of days during their tours and then start to jam. They did this without any pre-composed material. The musicians reacted freely to each other and let themselves be totally carried by the flow of ideas and musical to and fro. The players needed this freedom in order to explore new musical regions, or as EsbjÃ¶rn Svensson always formulated it, ââ¦to follow the musicâ. In the past, many of the trioâs compositions were developed through precisely this art of improvisation. And there was scarcely another formation on the planet that was as predestined for this way of going about business as e.s.t were. The three performed with an almost telepathic assuredness, breathing as one; âThis group has become one sound, one genius mutant human being with six hands, three brains and one musical sensibility.â (Jamie Cullum). The trio constantly posed the fundamental question, âWhat can a piano trio be that it has not been before?â (Pat Metheny). Leucocyte is the result of one of these two day jams. It took place at the famed âStudios 301â in Sydney during the bandâs Australian tour. In early 2008 e.s.t.âs sound engineer Ake Linton joined the band at the Bohus Sound Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden to begin mixing. On April 28 there was a photo shoot in Berlin for the new campaign. On May 16 the artwork and album were delivered to ACT. Then on June 14 the incomprehensible happened: EsbjÃ¶rn Svensson lost his life in a diving accident off the island of VrÃ¤mdÃ¶ near Stockholm. As a result, Leucocyte has become EsbjÃ¶rn Svenssonâs and e.s.t.âs musical legacy! It is the most venturesome album Svensson, Dan Berglund and Magnus ÃstrÃ¶m have recorded as e.s.t. The essence of this journey of discovery is its ecstatic energy. It is a trip through the bloodstream sans compositional safety-net and stylistic restraints in which the borders of musical communication are sounded out.
|Run Time: 67 mins|
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