Esbjörn Svensson Sadly Passes
I was distraught to learn the tragic news of modern jazz maestro Esbjörn Svensson‘s untimely death at the very young age of 44.
On 14th June, Esbjörn was diving with a group of divers near Stockholm. Contact with his party was lost and later he was found unconscious on the seabed and badly injured. Sadly all attempts to resuscitate Esbjörn were fruitless.
I first became aware of the Esbjörn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.) a couple of years ago when a friend pointed me in their direction. I was amazed with what I discovered. Such exquisite compositions encompassing intricate piano melodies with percussion (provided by Magnus Öström) and double bass (played by Dan Berglund).
As a pianist and composer Esbjörn Svensson was an absolute marvel. The hairs on the back of my neck stand on end right now as I recall the first time I heard his music. He was credited with bringing jazz to a younger audience and also for pushing the boundaries of the genre, often pressing from classical, through to jazz and as far as funk and post rock. I sincerely regret never having the opportunity to see such an immense piano trio live in concert.
If you are not familiar with the work of the Esbjörn Svensson Trio you may find great delight in exploring a rich back catalogue of work, spanning from 1993 to present.
Esbjörn Svensson won’t be missed by jazz fans, but dearly missed by music fans. Such was his eclectic reach that people from all corners found sweet solace in his beautiful compositions.
Esbjörn Svensson is survived by his wife and two sons. May he rest in peace.