Yesterday marked a very sad day in the history in the world of Swedish Jazz. It was the day ground-breaking Esbjörn Svensson of “Esbjörn Svensson Trio” fame died in a diving accident.
Sweden’s Jazz scene is just as rich as folks say, and Esbjörn Svensson was one of the many reasons why. I was fortunate enough to catch him and the rest of the trio live at the Swedish Jazz festival one year. I had no clue whatsoever about them, so I was a blank slate for them to write on. They were awesome, and Esbjörn was amazing! I could sit her and type you a bunch of adjectives trying to describe the greatness of his fingers, but I won’t insult his memory like that. Instead I’ll recommend you head to iTunes, Amazon, or wherever you buy your music online and ask that you check out their work. It unquestionably speaks for itself.
Mr. Esbjörn Svensson was 44 years-old.
My deepest condolensces go out to his wife and family. May God keep them all safe and warm in the palm of His hand during their time of mourning.