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Tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz has had a strong presence as a player, teacher, and mentor on the West Coast for nearly two decades, first living in San Francisco and now in Seattle. He’s stayed so busy that it’s been eight years since his last album. Picking up right where he left off, Flash Mob tastefully channels a blend of late-‘50s to mid-‘60s jazz, specifically The Jazz Messengers and John Coltrane’s Atlantic era. The former comes through in the unison horn lines of Schwartz and trumpet/flugelhorn player Dominick Farinacci, and the latter in the playing of the saxophonist as well as the tight and punchy work of pianist Taylor Eigsti, bassist John Shifflett, and drummer Lorca Hart. The insistent title track kicks things off on high note, with a nice greasy blues called “Swamp Thing” following. There are also several excellent ballads here, led by the elegiac “Dawn Song,” the slow blues of “Alleybird," and a noir-ish take on Kenny Dorham’s “La Mesha.” Lightening the mood, Schwartz also includes a New Orleans–style take on Monk’s “Epistrophy.” Job done: this is thoughtful, exceptionally detailed, and just plain fresh-sounding.

Customer Reviews

Great energy

Anton's best yet, and that's saying something! The band is tight and give full voice to his ideas and instincts. There's a real energy running through it--fast or slow, it's impossible to sit still while you're listening to it.

Knocked Out!!

I am completely knocked out by this album and this group. The band has developed quite a “sound.” The music reminds me of the classic days of Blue Note Records from the 60’s. The playing is inspired. Every guy in the band adds so much to each song. It also must be stated that the album is beautifully recorded and produced. It sounds so warm. The drums sound amazing to me, in particular. All in all, this album is beautiful and will receive many plays in my iPod!!

In my heavy rotation

I’m loving this album. I played it three times back to back to back the day I purchased it. Everything about the album is so tight. A real treat to listen to. Don’t deny yourself this gem.


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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Flash Mob, Anton Schwartz
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 28, 2014

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