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John Scofield, Bill Stewart, Steve Swallow – Swallow Tales

$50.00
Condition: Brand New
Ships from: Melbourne

Description

Guitarist John Scofield celebrates the music of his friend and mentor Steve Swallow in a lively and witty recording made on a day in New York in March 2019 - "old school" as Scofield says, admitting that more than forty years of preparation led to it.
John was a 20-year-old student at Berklee when he first met and played with the bassist, and they've been going ever since. "I love these songs," Scofield says of the selection of Swallow compositions explored here - a wide range that includes classics such as "Hullo Bolinas", "Eiderdown", "Falling Grace" and "Radio" as well as lesser-known works. The relationship between Scofield and Swallow is evident at every moment. John: "Sometimes when we play, it's like one big guitar, the bass part and my part together." Behind the drums, Bill Stewart, a close collaborator of Scofield's since the early 90s, is alert to any implications of the interaction. "What Bill does is more than 'play drums'," Scofield says. "He's a melodic voice in the music that swings really well at the same time."

Reviews

"... Three artists, three friends who can just let their jazz flow." (stereoplay, May 2020)

"The earthy, mostly slightly distorted, occasionally whooping tone of Scofield's Ibanez guitar really gives Steve Swallow's old compositions wings, an 'upbeat' album." ('Recommendation of the Month' in Fono Forum, July 2020)

"The ideal birthday present for Steve Swallow, who completes his 80th year in October." (Jazzthing, July/August 2020)

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Release details

Label: ECM Records
Format: LP, Album
Units: 1
Country: Germany
Released: 2020
Genre: Jazz

Tracklist

A1 She Was Young
A2 Falling Grace
A3 Portsmouth Figurations
A4 Awful Coffee
B1 Eiderdown
B2 Hullo Bolinas
B3 Away
B4 In F
B5 Radio