Magnus Öström live review - Ronnie Scott's, London
Venue: Ronnie Scott's, London
Former e.s.t member Magnus Öström impresses the audience at Ronnie Scott's
Contrary to evidence on social media, this writer doesn’t only go to Ronnie Scott’s for its cocktail bar. Equally tempting is this iconic venue’s booking policy and a low-lit, modish space that makes any gig seem exclusive and unique. This place has vibes, man. Sixty years of ’em.
So it’s no surprise that acts often immediately convey delight in playing here, and former e.s.t. member Magnus Öström does just that. Standing behind his drums, head bowed slightly into a gripped mic, the Swede recalls previous visits to London and other tales from his 30-year avant-jazz career. He’s likeable, dry and a little bashful, but the drum kit is his comfort zone and we quickly adjust with him as he starts the Roobarb splashabout Dog On The Beach in this track-by-track run-through of third album Parachute.