e.s.t. made its ultimate international breakthrough in 1999 with “From Gagarin’s Point Of View”, a work that marked the beginning of its collaboration with ACT. Today, 15 years later, it is still considered to be one of the best e.s.t. albums, and jazz fans and critics alike hail it as a milestone of European jazz from the last 20 years. Finally this masterwork is available on double-vinyl.
Esbjörn Svensson reaches into the piano, and plucks the strings, searching for the sound of a guitar. He cautiously experiments with percussive accents, and dives into the depths of the orchestral-inspired forms. Attentive to the necessary considerations of musical balance, he integrates electronic elements into his musical vision, creating an optimal mixture of textures. He supplements his ideas with new harmonic ideas, surprising melodic variations, and catchy motifs. Because his music is the kind of art that doesn’t rely on the safety of a particular style, it is all the more effective.Openness, curiosity, and a little bit of chance are all a part of Esbjörn Svensson’s artistic foundation; "I play piano because we didn’t have any other instrument in the house. Actually, I would have rather played drums. For instance, as a kid,...line up
Recorded by Janne Hansson at Atlantis Studio, May, September, November 1998
Mixed by Janne Hansson at Atlantis Studio, November, December 1998
Piano technician: Jonas Asp
Mastered by Johan Ekelund at Stereolab
Produced by e.s.t.
Vinyl mastered from the original analogue tapes by Classe Persson at CRP Recording