Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Amid all of the flood-related activities of the weekend, I also learned of the death of Swedish jazz pianist and composer ESBJÖRN SVENSSON.
Svensson died age 44 in a scuba diving accident.
I had admired him for rejuvenating young people's interest in jazz, particularly in Europe. I think, all too often, people view jazz as a music of the past. Svensson's work with his group, the ESBJÖRN SVENSSON TRIO (E.S.T.), proved jazz is very much a music of the present and future, too.
I listened to the E.S.T. song "Strange Place for Snow" immediately upon learning of Svensson's tragic passing on Sunday.
He will be missed.


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