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Swell, Steve

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Improviser

Swell, Steve: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Improviser (Swell Records)

A diverse and engrossing solo album from NY-based, global travelling trombonist Steve Swell, showing vast creative and technical skills through unusual techniques that balance with inventive and lyrical approaches to the horn, a tour-de-force of modern playing.
 

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UPC: 888295345521

Label: Swell Records
Catalog ID: SDS 001
Squidco Product Code: 22597

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Park West Studios, Brooklyn, New York, inJune, 2015, by Jim Clouse.


Personnel:

Steve Swell-trombone

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track listing:


1. Sonorifics 04:50

2. Metal of Breath 02:20

3. Percolation Demonstration 03:10

4. For Kenneth Patchen 02:57

5. Sequences 02:23

6. Keep Your Head Low 03:12

7. Bubbling Quantum Novas 03:29

8. Off the Slide 02:02

9. Just on the Inside Corner 02:12

10. Cogitation 04:09

11. Tension-Attention 04:42

12. Ballet for Trombone 03:45

13. For Internal Use Only 04:13

14. Tongue Memory 03:00

15. Blue Spirit 02:51




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"Pick against a trombonist when considering the ability of defeating boredom through sheer inventiveness during an improvisation, and you're most probably in for a severe beating of your foolishness. Then again, when it comes to Steve Swell there's nothing we can do much better than listening in awe.

The man belongs at the very top of the mountain of trombone mastery in virtue of the completeness of his approach and the absolute enjoyableness of anything coming out of those tubes and valves. This splendidly titled album chronicles several of Swell's selfless colloquies with instantaneous inspiration, and constitutes an eloquent showcase of what he can do all alone. Which is impressive, to say the least.

A player endowed with confidence, humor and varicolored micro-melodicism, Swell extracts useful materials even from what could initially be misinterpreted as "extraneous noise". In a piece such as "Percolation Demonstration" he throws regular (sort of) tones together with mockingly cantankerous jabs that live at the border between noxious ventilation and distorted realism. Elsewhere, quick flurries are followed by one or two almost detached long notes, and animal blather is complemented by implausible intervallic jumps across the instrument's register (check "Cogitation" for reference). Talkative monotony is aurally portrayed in ways that recall Hungarian cartoons (if you have never watched Gustavus, go to YouTube right now and thank me later).

In essence, the multitude of images and influences informing this artist's creative prowess reassure us about the extant possibility of a coexistence of complex attractiveness and jesting intelligence. Both Swell and the acoustic revitalization he brings with this kind of work will always be warmly greeted guests in this tired writer's home and ears."-Massimo Ricci, Touching Extreme


Artist Biographies:

"Born in Newark, NJ, Steve Swell has been an active member of the NYC music community since 1975. He has toured and recorded with many artists from mainstreamers such as Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich to so called outsiders as Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker. He has over 40 CDs as a leader or co-leader and is a featured artists on more than 100 other releases. He runs workshops around the world and is a teaching artist in the NYC public school system focusing on special needs children.

Swell has worked on music transcriptions of the Bosavi tribe of New Guinea for MacArthur fellow, Steve Feld in 2000. His CD, "Suite For Players, Listeners and Other Dreamers" (CIMP) ranked number 2 in the 2004 Cadence Readers Poll. He has also received grants from USArtists International in 2006, MCAF (LMCC) awards in 2008 and 2013 and has been commissioned twice on the Interpretations Series at Merkin Hall in 2006 and at Roulette in 2012.

Steve was nominated for Trombonist of the Year 2008 & 2011 by the Jazz Journalists Association, was selected Trombonist of the Year 2008-2010 , 2012 and 2014-2015 by the magazine El Intruso of Argentina and received the 2008 Jubilation Foundation Fellowship Award of the Tides Foundation. Steve has also been selected by the Downbeat Critics Poll in the Trombone category each year from 2010-2016.

Steve is presently a teaching artist through the American Composers Orchestra, Healing Arts Initiative , Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center (Bronx), the Jazz Foundation of America and Leman Manhattan Preparatory School.

Steve was also awarded the 2014 Creative Curricula grant (LMCC) for the project: "Metamorphoses: Modern Mythology in Sound and Words" which was taught in a month long residency at Baruch College Campus High School in Manhattan."

-Steve Swell Website (http://www.steveswell.com/SteveSwellBio.htm)
7/21/2017

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Diplomats, The
We Are Not Obstinate Islands
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Chicago Plan, The (Swell / Ullmann / Lonberg-Holdm / Zerang)
The Chicago Plan
(Clean Feed)
Steve Swell Quintet (Swell / Moondoc / Burrell / W. Parker / Cleaver)
Soul Travelers [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]
(RogueArt)
Kretzmer, Yoni (Steve Swell / Thomas Heberer / Max Johnson / Chad Taylor)
FIVE
(OutNow Recordings)
Brooklyn Express, The (Fonda / Tononi / Cavallanti / Swell / Robertson)
No Time Left!
(Long Song Records)
Swell's, Steve Kende Dreams (Swell/ Brown / Crothers / Parker / Taylor)
Hommage A Bartok
(Silkheart)
Costa, Carlo Quartet
Sediment
(Neither/Nor Records)
Moondoc, Jemeel
The Zoopkeeper's House (Trio/Quartet/Quintet)
(Relative Pitch)
Inner Ear (Trzaska / Swell / Daisy / Holmlander)
Return From The Centre of Earth
(Bocian)
Mazurek, Rob Exploding Star Orchestra Featuring Roscoe Mitchell
Matter Anti-Matter, Sixty-Three Moons Of Jupiter & Electronic Works [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)
Gregorio, Guillermo / Pandelis Karayorgis / Steve Swell
Window and Doorway
(Driff Records)
Johnson, Max
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(Not Two Records)
Platform 1
Takes Off
(Clean Feed)
Grassi, Lou Po Band With Marshall Allen
Live At The Knitting Factory Volume 1
(Porter Records)
Swell, Steve presents
Planet Dream
(Clean Feed)
Moondoc Tentet, Jemeel / Jus Grew Orchestra
Live at the Vision Festival 2001
(Ayler)
Swell's Fire Into Music, Steve
Swimming In A Galaxy Of Goodwill And Sorrow
(RogueArt)
Parker, William & The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra
For Percy Heath
(Les Disques Victo)
Mandarin Movie
Mandarin Movie
(Aesthetics)
Diplomats, The
We Are Not Obstinate Islands
(Clean Feed)
Blue Collar
Is an Apparition
(Rossbin)
Active Ingredients (Chad Taylor / Jemeel Moondoc / Tom Abbs / Steve Swell / Rob Mazurek / David Boykin / Avreeayl Ra)
Titration
(Delmark)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Diplomats, The
We Are Not Obstinate Islands
(Clean Feed)
Moondoc, Jemeel
The Zoopkeeper's House (Trio/Quartet/Quintet)
(Relative Pitch)
Johnson, Max
Quartet
(Not Two Records)
Platform 1
Takes Off
(Clean Feed)
Grassi, Lou Po Band With Marshall Allen
Live At The Knitting Factory Volume 1
(Porter Records)
Moondoc Tentet, Jemeel / Jus Grew Orchestra
Live at the Vision Festival 2001
(Ayler)
Parker, William & The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra
For Percy Heath
(Les Disques Victo)
Mandarin Movie
Mandarin Movie
(Aesthetics)
Diplomats, The
We Are Not Obstinate Islands
(Clean Feed)
Blue Collar
Is an Apparition
(Rossbin)
Active Ingredients (Chad Taylor / Jemeel Moondoc / Tom Abbs / Steve Swell / Rob Mazurek / David Boykin / Avreeayl Ra)
Titration
(Delmark)
Other Recommended Releases:
Chicago Plan, The (Swell / Ullmann / Lonberg-Holdm / Zerang)
The Chicago Plan
(Clean Feed)
Steve Swell Quintet (Swell / Moondoc / Burrell / W. Parker / Cleaver)
Soul Travelers [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]
(RogueArt)
Kretzmer, Yoni (Steve Swell / Thomas Heberer / Max Johnson / Chad Taylor)
FIVE
(OutNow Recordings)
Brooklyn Express, The (Fonda / Tononi / Cavallanti / Swell / Robertson)
No Time Left!
(Long Song Records)
Swell's, Steve Kende Dreams (Swell/ Brown / Crothers / Parker / Taylor)
Hommage A Bartok
(Silkheart)
Costa, Carlo Quartet
Sediment
(Neither/Nor Records)
Inner Ear (Trzaska / Swell / Daisy / Holmlander)
Return From The Centre of Earth
(Bocian)
Mazurek, Rob Exploding Star Orchestra Featuring Roscoe Mitchell
Matter Anti-Matter, Sixty-Three Moons Of Jupiter & Electronic Works [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)
Gregorio, Guillermo / Pandelis Karayorgis / Steve Swell
Window and Doorway
(Driff Records)
Swell, Steve presents
Planet Dream
(Clean Feed)
Swell's Fire Into Music, Steve
Swimming In A Galaxy Of Goodwill And Sorrow
(RogueArt)



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