Esbjörn Svensson Trio | Plays Monk
Gatefold double black vinyl
The release of these three albums - ‘Good Morning Susie Soho’, ‘Plays Monk’ and ‘Winter In Venice’ - on vinyl brings a sense of completeness. With these releases, the entire catalogue of the fourteen live and studio albums made by the band and released on ACT is now be available.
These LPs are the portrait of a unique and astonishingly influential band. Their years on the ACT label, from 1996 until the tragically early death of Esbjörn Svensson in 2008 were “a period of almost continuous artistic growth” - The Jazz Mann. They often played around a hundred live shows a year. Their album sales now approach the one million mark. They appealed to a far larger audience than jazz normally reaches. And yet they also left their mark on the generation of jazz musicians who followed them.
‘Plays Monk’ is from before the band’s international breakthrough. It is the only e.s.t. release where the band play not their own compositions but music from a jazz legend.