Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Good Morning Susie Soho, 2000

Just after the album "From Gagarin's Point of View", "Good Morning Susie Soho" was what EST listeners were waiting for and it was released in 2000 by ACT. Giving interesting and strange names for the pieces was a wonderful custom for Esbjörn Svensson Trio. On learning the meanings once, you suddenly start to understand what these great musicians are trying to tell and start to create interesting links between the music and names of the pieces. The name of the album comes from London days of the trio which was especially about Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho by the end of 1999. They have stayed on a flat owned by the club on Dean Street and have had a breakfast in Italia Bar on Frith Street at these days and never forgot them. They came back to the club again in 2002 for release of Strange Place for Snow and 2007 for Jazzwise magazine's celebration. They also performed in Queen Elisabeth Hall, The Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Centre in 2007. Good Morning Sussie Soho is the first album that the trio put a hidden track in the end. The album was recorded in 2000 at Atlantis Studio by Janne Hansson. This is the playlist and my comments: 

  1. Somewhere Else Before (Esbjörn Svennson Trio) 
  2. Do the Jangle (Esbjörn Svennson Trio)
  3. Serenity (Esbjörn Svennson Trio)
  4. The Wraith (Esbjörn Svennson Trio)
  5. Last Letter from Lithuania (Esbjörn Svennson Trio)
  6. Good Morning Susie Soho (Esbjörn Svennson Trio)
  7. Providence (Esbjörn Svennson Trio)
  8. Pavane “Thoughts of a Septuagenarian” (Esbjörn Svennson Trio)
  9. Spam-Boo-Limbo (Esbjörn Svennson Trio)
  10. The Face of Love (D. Robbins / T. Robbins / N. Khan)
  11. Reminiscence of a Soul (Esbjörn Svennson Trio)

  1. Somewhere Else Before: Bass gives the initialization by deep chords which continues throughout this soft and slow song. Well known rhythms of Magnus Öström is at the background. The piano plays a basic theme (a warning sign-like one) in the forefront.
  2. Do the Jangle: Similar to some other pieces of E.S.T., this one seems to start directly from the improvisational part. Please give attention to the synchronization between the band members and lightning-fast drummer Magnus Öström. 
  3. Serenity: This is a melancholic and soft piano solo piece by Esbjörn Svensson.  
  4. The Wraith: This is the first piece of the album that is electronically supported. A spiral rounding processed rhythm travels between two channels, when percussion and drums full of cymbals emerged. Deep kicks and a dark piano tune is heard above. I am in love with the bass tone here. The tension generally goes low until the last three minutes. I do not know who has pulled the trigger first, but all the members suddenly start to improvise in this last part. This piece is one of their masterpieces considering its ever evolving and building-up characteristics. You should especially listen to Magnus' contribution to the sound and tension. 
  5. Last Letter from Lithuania: A solo piano entrance is made in first minute with murmurings of our legendary pianist Esbjörn Svensson. Then, as expected, Magnus Öström’s brushes and deep notes of Dan Berglund are at work. This great composition is really emotional.
  6. Good Morning Susie Soho: Having the same title with the album, this piece is famous because of the wah-wah effect on the double-bass of Dan Berglund. I like this tone very much. The main melody on the piano is actually really cold but merging with the bass and energetic drums the resultant sound is strong and funny. Magnus Öström’s movements on the drums are just perfect. After the first half, the improvisation raises the tension significantly. The main melody is played again at the end. This is my favorite piece in the album.
  7. Providence: The piano talks with the bass while drums are sometimes interrupting this dialogue. A real improvisation! Give attention to Magnus Öström’s great performance on the drums. We hear laughter from the members of the trio at the end, which shows us how they are happy while improvising. 
  8. Pavane “Thoughts of a Septuagenarian”: A melancholic (real Nordic jazz) piano tune is heard at the beginning which is accompanied by a deep and strong double-bass. The melody fits the name which means thoughts of a human at age of seventies. The main theme played by the piano is so beautiful that I do not want to add any technical comment about it. The drum and bass are passed through electronics near to the end.
  9. Spam-Boo-Limbo: A perfect entrance for a great energetic piece. I should repeat it: Esbjörn Svensson is a technically perfect genius musician. The electronic effects used here are consistent with the sound of the album and produces a contemporary jazz masterpiece. We start to hear some electronically supported (distorted) human voices behind the music from time to time. These voices become dominant through the end then turned into a distorted scream of a man. 
  10. The Face of Love: An almost Mediterranean sound is mainly performed by bow of the double-bass. This composition belongs to D. Robbins / T. Robbins / N.Khan. Esbjörn Svensson is touching to the inside of the piano from time to time.
  11. Reminiscence of a Soul: A solo piano entrance is quickly followed by a strict stick beat on the sides of snare-drums. The double-bass plays the same line with the piano. This very calm and quite song which is full of breath is so suitable at the end of such an album. A surprise waits for you at the end of this last song. After the piece is ended, at 6th minute, if you wait one more minute in silence, you will listen to a great performance of trio jazz inspired by a Rachmaninoff melody. Hidden tracks became a tradition for the trio after that album. A really dark main theme of piano is accompanied by strong hi-hats and a bass passed through distortion. 
Try these samples of the albums but I strongly recommend you listen to the albums from a good equipment 'cause they deserve it:

You can read my other posts about E.S.T. and their albums:

Esbjörn Svensson Trio, The Best Trio of All Times:
The review for When Everyone Has Gone:
The review for Winter in Venice:
The review for From Gagarin's Point of View:
The review for Strange Place For Snow:
The review for Seven Days of Falling:
The review for Viaticum:
The review for Tuesday Wonderland:
The review for Leucocyte:
The review for 301:

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