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Esbjörn Svensson

Alyn Shipton and John L Walters to reassess the career of pianist Esbjörn Svensson.

Alyn Shipton is joined by John L Walters to reassess the career of Swedish pianist Esbjörn Svensson who died in an accident in 2007.

Before his death in 2007, Esbjörn Svensson was regarded as the leading pianist in European jazz. His trio (EST) topped the Swedish charts and appeared on MTV. His appeal was broad enough to reach audiences of every age, and his repertoire stretched from dazzling interpretations of jazz standards by the likes of Thelonious Monk to quirky originals, such as his "Dodge the Dodo" which combined drum 'n' bass ideas with languid jazz balladry. In this programme, John L Walters of the Guardian joins Alyn Shipton to pick the high points of Svensson's recording career.


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