Esbjörn Svensson, 'Zeta,' ACT ****

Practically an étude 'Zeta' begins like a Beethoven sonata and you wonder where it will go. You soon know that it departs for the soul. The most influential European jazz pianist of the 21st century torn from the adoring bosom of the global jazz …

Published: 26 Oct 2022. Updated: 42 days.

Practically an étude 'Zeta' begins like a Beethoven sonata and you wonder where it will go. You soon know that it departs for the soul. The most influential European jazz pianist of the 21st century torn from the adoring bosom of the global jazz community and his army of fans worldwide far too soon with his premature death in a scuba diving accident so cruelly in 2008 the timeless sound of Esbjörn Svensson remains a thing of beauty and in this beautiful vitrine of a track drawn from Home. S nothing changes - if anything the feeling of being close to a beautiful spirit grows from newly germinated seeds.

Also streaming is 'Alpha' a dreamy Bill Evans-like meditation. An event release for November - solo Esbjörn hasn't been heard before and what's on Home. S was recorded only weeks before the Swedish pianist's untimely death.

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A splash of Alabaster, Brandee Younger and more - jazzin' in Cork this weekend

Today in the marlbank podcast a look ahead to the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival where Moondog de nos jours Alabaster DePlume, Brandee Younger, top, Laufey and Andy Sheppard are among the acts to descend on Cork And any old excuse above at the …

Published: 25 Oct 2022. Updated: 42 days.

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Today in the marlbank podcast a look ahead to the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival where Moondog de nos jours Alabaster DePlume, Brandee Younger, top, Laufey and Andy Sheppard are among the acts to descend on Cork

And any old excuse above at the thought of the black stuff to listen to John Scofied's tune 'The Guinness Spot' (Meant To Be, Blue Note, 1991) named after a Guinness-sponsored venue in Belfast.