Swedish drummer Magnus Öström had revolutionised the jazz world since 1993 with e.s.t. - the Esbjörn Svensson Trio, and was then dealt a stroke of fate six years ago when his close friend, the pianist Esbjörn Svensson, was killed in an accident.
It took two years for Öström to find his way back to music after that tragic event, and to bring out his first own album: "Thread of Life". It is a work of mourning, adorned with melancholy, that seeks its own path, falling back on art-rock and electronic elements and a closer link to sounds than melodies. The record was well-received internationally, Öström won the 2012 Echo Jazz Award for Best International Drummer, and BBC Radio 3 said of his post-e.s.t. oeuvre, "What an utterly beautiful and compelling album this is...The playing is immaculate, the compositions truly inspired, the arrangements magical."
On Öström's follow-up, "Searching For Jupiter", his loss is still palpable in heavy, yearning tracks like "Mary Jane Doesn't Live Here Anymore" or "Hour Of The Wolf", but Öström has taken some decisive steps forward: He now has a strong and tight band together with guitarist Andreas Hourdakis, bassist Thobias Karlsson and pianist Daniel Karlsson. They have rigorously pursued a jazz rock and progressive rock leaning.