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If Steve Swallow is known primarily as an ace session bassist, it's not because his compositions are less than top-notch. This program finds him showing off his considerable writing chops with the help of an all-star group: trumpeter Tom Harrell, saxophonist Joe Lovano, pianist Mulgrew Miller and drummer Jack DeJohnette. His focus on the upper registers and the polyester tone of his five-string bass guitar will continue to annoy those who prefer to hear the bass played dark, low and woody, but there's no denying the consistent inventiveness of his playing or the charm of these compositions.

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fantastic CD

This is a wonderful disc -- beautiful playing by every member of the group, wonderful compositions, and superbly recorded. Harrell-and-Lovano constitute one of the great trumpet/tenor pairings, here accompanied by a rhythm section that one wishes would record *much* more often.


Born: October 4, 1940 in Fair Lawn, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Steve Swallow has long been many jazz critics' favorite electric bassist: rather than playing his instrument in a rock-oriented manner, Swallow emphasizes the high notes and, to an extent, approaches the electric bass as if it were a guitar. He originally started on piano and trumpet before settling on the acoustic bass as a teenager. Swallow joined the Paul Bley trio in 1960 and with Bley was part of an avant-garde version of the Jimmy Giuffre 3 during 1960-1962. Swallow recorded with George Russell...
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Real Book, Steve Swallow
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: May 30, 1994

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