JWQ Showcase 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

SWEDEN/GERMANY: E.S.T. SYMPHONY(ACT 2016)

The striking new release E.S.T. SYMPHONY on the trio’s former recording label ACT does just that. It benefits from the skillful hand and colourfully expressive musicality of the esteemed, musically eclectic Swedish arranger-conductor Hans Ek. He has arranged an outstanding selection of Esbjörn’s compositions from e.s.t.’s rich 13 album catalogue for a widescreen orchestral canvas. Performed exquisitely by the 90-piece Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Ek’s orchestrations integrate organically with solo contributions from a handful of Scandi-jazz superstars of today and tomorrow. Featured are the saxophonist Marius Neset, trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, pianist Iiro Rantala and the unique pedal steel guitarist Johan Lindström, a member of Tonbruket, a band led by the innovative ex-e.s.t. bassist Dan Berglund who’s clearly the lynchpin of this project alongside his ex-bandmate/drummer Magnus Öström.ACT
line up
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Hans Ek / conductor & arranger
Marius Neset / saxophone
Verneri Pohjola / trumpet
Johan Lindström / pedal steel
Iiro Rantala / piano
Dan Berglund / bass
Magnus Öström / drums