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Radiant Blue

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Album Review

Anton Schwartz used the blues as inspiration for nine compositions heard on this studio session, though many of them are not especially bluesy. With a band including a longtime

collaborator, guitarist Peter Bernstein, plus rising star Taylor Eigsti on piano, bassist John Shiflett and drummer Tim Bulkley, the tenor saxophonist kicks off the date with his percolating, funky "Phantom Dance," which rhythmically suggests the influence of Eddie Harris. His engaging "Slightly Off Course" would have easily been a fit with Art Blakey's repertoire, while Schwartz speaks his mind with a hot tenor solo in "Marcel Marceau." The only standard is a thoughtful arrangement of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Wave." The band provides strong support throughout the date, with Bernstein and Eigsti adding potent solos as well. Beautifully recorded in 24-bit stereo, this CD is warmly recommended.

Customer Reviews

Great Stuff

I have been listening to Anton and Taylor for several years(live concerts) I am glad to see them continue their excellent collaboration with this great album. I highly recommend it.

Anton is Amazing!!!

Anton is killin'!!!! This is amazing. I heard thousands of jazz recordings and seen 15+ live (including Anton twice) and nothing compares to this cat!!! All these songs are blues, hence the name, but these tunes are the most complicated blues I have ever played and listened to. Do yourself a favor, and if you're looking for some quality jazz, get this!


I heard this album on the radio and had to buy the whole thing. Awesome!


Born: July 16, 1967 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Influenced by Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, and Joe Henderson as well as Dexter Gordon, Anton Schwartz is a melodic tenor saxophonist who has been based in the San Francisco Bay Area since the 1990s. Although identified with the Bay Area, Schwartz is actually a native of New York, where he started playing jazz on the clarinet at 12 before switching to the sax at 14. In high school, he formed a group that included guitarist Peter Bernstein and organist Larry Goldings and sat in with Woody Herman and...
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