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John Scofield Celebrates Steve Swallow on “Swallow Tales”
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John Scofield Celebrates Steve Swallow on “Swallow Tales”

Guitarist John Scofield has released a new album called “Swallow Tales” that celebrates the music of bassist Steve Swallow. Lucky for Scofield, Swallow, and drummer Bill Stewart fill out the release. Scofield says it took forty years of preparation.

Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, and Steve Swallow Return with “Life Goes On”
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Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, and Steve Swallow Return with “Life Goes On”

Carla Bley has just released a new trio album on ECM called “Life Goes On.” The pianist once again worked with her longtime musical partners of saxophonist Andy Shepperd and bassist Steve Swallow, who is also her spouse.

Steve Swallow Helps Turn Country Into Jazz on John Scofield’s Latest
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Steve Swallow Helps Turn Country Into Jazz on John Scofield’s Latest

Jazz bassist Steve Swallow (Carla Bley, Gary Burton) has once again worked with guitarist John Scofield on the jazz-country album, Country for Old Men. The album sees Scofield, who produced, and his band paying homage to country artists like George Jones, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, James Taylor, and Hank Williams, as they transform country tunes into jazz pieces. Here’s a...

Steve Swallow and Carla Bley Continue Musical Journey
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Steve Swallow and Carla Bley Continue Musical Journey

Prolific jazz bassist Steve Swallow’s long musical association with his life partner, pianist Carla Bley, and saxophonist Andy Sheppard, continues with the trio’s latest, Andando El Tiempo. The five-track album features Bley’s compositions, including a three-part title piece, which addresses addiction recovery. Another piece takes inspiration from Mendelssohn and Paul Haines’ poetry. Check out this live Paris performance of the...

Steve Swallow Releases “Singular Curves”
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Steve Swallow Releases “Singular Curves”

Jazz bassist Steve Swallow has released his latest album, , in a trio with tenor sax player Ohad Talmor and drummer Adam Nussbaum. The record was recorded back in June 2012. Swallow (known for his work as a composer and band leader and with Carla Bley, Gary Burton and the John Scofield Trio) has three compositions on the album, one...

Steve Swallow and Christian Muthspiel Duet on “Simple Songs”
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Steve Swallow and Christian Muthspiel Duet on “Simple Songs”

Top jazz bassist Steve Swallow and Austrian composer/trombonist and pianist Christian Muthspiel have teamed up for an album of duets. While the pair have played together in the Christian Muthspiel 4, is their first as a duo. The pair eschew electronic effects on the record and let the songs develop in their own simple, yet refined way. Muthispiel composed all...

Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte Team Up for “The New Standard”
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Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte Team Up for “The New Standard”

Three jazz greats — Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte — prove that excellent music doesn’t always take long to make. The trio’s first record, , was recorded in about three hours in an upstate New York studio. Saft, who composed seven of the record’s 10 tracks, had high praise for bassist Swallow, who has played with Gary Burton,...

ECM Reissues Classic Albums by Gary Burton, Miroslav Vitous
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ECM Reissues Classic Albums by Gary Burton, Miroslav Vitous

The record that set the bar higher for orchestral jazz, Gary Burton’s has been reissued after being mastered from the original analog recordings. Originally released in 1973, the record featured vibraharp player Burton, with jazz bassist extraordinaire Steve Swallow, guitarist Michael Goodrick, drummer Ted Seibs, and the NDR-Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Gibbs, who also composed the music inspired by...

Steve Swallow Quintet: Exit Stage Left
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Steve Swallow Quintet: Exit Stage Left

Earlier this year, Steve Swallow released a new album featuring a revised lineup of his quintet to include organ, guitar, bass, sax and drums. “I had in mind a small band but one with interesting textural possibilities, a diversity and variety of sound,” Swallow said of his new lineup. “The knee-jerk reaction to a band with electric bass, electric guitar...

Steve Swallow Quintet Releases “Into the Woodwork”
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Steve Swallow Quintet Releases “Into the Woodwork”

Steve Swallow has released Into the Woodwork, a new, multi-textured collection of twelve of the bassist’s original tunes. The album features a revised lineup of Swallow’s quintet with longtime collaborator Carla Bley on organ, Chris Cheek on saxophone, Steve Cardenas on guitar, and Jorge Rossy on drums. “This album is very much about what this cast of characters provoked in...

Steve Kuhn, Steve Swallow and Joey Baron Release “Wisteria”
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Steve Kuhn, Steve Swallow and Joey Baron Release “Wisteria”

After working together for nearly 50 years, pianist Steve Kuhn and bassist Steve Swallow have teamed up once again for Wisteria, an 11-track collection, rounded out by drummer Joey Baron. The album’s title is taken from the name of a song by Art Farmer, whom Kuhn and Swallow both worked for in the ’60s. On Wisteria, Swallow’s rich electric bass...

John Scofield Trio with Steve Swallow: “Someone To Watch Over Me”, Live (2010)
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John Scofield Trio with Steve Swallow: “Someone To Watch Over Me”, Live (2010)

A perfect video and song for a Sunday afternoon (or any time, really). In November, 2010, John Scofield took the stage with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bill Stewart at Forum Leverkusen. Here’s the trio performing “Someone To Watch Over Me”. So great to see the master bassist still bringing it after all these years of wowing us. Swallow takes...