John Scofield, Bill Stewart & Steve Swallow Swallow Tales LP
John Scofield, Bill Stewart & Steve Swallow Swallow Tales LP
Genre: Jazz
Label: ECM
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,

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John Scofield, Bill Stewart & Steve Swallow Swallow Tales LP

John Scofield, Bill Stewart & Steve Swallow

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UPC:
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A Selection Of Steve Swallow Compositions On Vinyl LP!

TAS Rated 4.5/5 Music, 4.5/5 Sonics in the September 2020 Issue of The Absolute Sound!

One Of TAS' Ten Best Jazz Albums of 2020!

Guitarist John Scofield celebrates the music of his friend and mentor Steve Swallow in an outgoing and spirited recording, made in a day in New York in March 2019 - "old school" style as Scofield says, while acknowledging that more than 40 years of preparation led up to it. John was a 20-year-old student at Berklee when he first met and played with the bassist, and they have continued ever since.

"I love these songs," says Scofield of the selection of Swallow compositions explored here - a broad range including classics such as "Hullo Bolinas", "Eiderdown", "Falling Grace" and "Radio", as well as lesser-known works. The rapport between Scofield and Swallow is evident in every moment. "Sometimes when we play it's like one big guitar, the bass part and my part together," Scofield explains.

Behind the drum kit, Bill Stewart, a close associate of Scofield's since the early '90s, is alert to all the implications of the interaction. "What Bill does is more than 'playing the drums'," Scofield says. "He's a melodic voice in the music, while also swinging really hard."

As an example of modern jazz guitar playing, this is one of Scofield's finest efforts.
-Bill Milkowski, The Absolute Sound, September 2020, Music 4.5/5, Sonics 4.5/5
The trio expresses intimacy, empathy, and simmer available only to like-minded souls of long and comfortable acquaintance. The trio dissects the itchy twists and turns on the winding 'Falling Grace,' practically a jazz standard. Bill Stewart maneuvers 'Portsmouth Figurations' like a rhythmic beast, leavening Sco and Swallow's wiry melodies with jabs, stabs, and face slaps. Even when this trio rages, it's cozy and chatty, like a bar fight in a library. The 3/4 'Awful Coffee' begins flirtatious, only lifting its skirt during Sco's sticky, bridge-swiping solo. 'Eiderdown' rips it up fast and furious; the intro of 'In F' is all glancing blows settling into straight-ahead surety; 'Radio' exudes friendly, country music comfort. The sound, by Manfred Eicher and Tyler McDiarmid, is classic ECM, intimate and reverberant. Scofield has recorded dozens of albums since the early 1980s. He reinvents himself every time.
-Ken Micallef, Stereophile, September 2020

Features

  • Vinyl LP
  • Made in Germany

Musicians

John Scofield guitar
Steve Swallow bass
Bill Stewart drums

Selections

Side 1:

  1. She Was Young
  2. Falling Grace
  3. Portsmouth Figurations
  4. Awful Coffee

Side 2:

  1. Eiderdown
  2. Hullo Bolinas
  3. Away
  4. In F
  5. Radio
Description

A Selection Of Steve Swallow Compositions On Vinyl LP!

TAS Rated 4.5/5 Music, 4.5/5 Sonics in the September 2020 Issue of The Absolute Sound!

One Of TAS' Ten Best Jazz Albums of 2020!

Guitarist John Scofield celebrates the music of his friend and mentor Steve Swallow in an outgoing and spirited recording, made in a day in New York in March 2019 - "old school" style as Scofield says, while acknowledging that more than 40 years of preparation led up to it. John was a 20-year-old student at Berklee when he first met and played with the bassist, and they have continued ever since.

"I love these songs," says Scofield of the selection of Swallow compositions explored here - a broad range including classics such as "Hullo Bolinas", "Eiderdown", "Falling Grace" and "Radio", as well as lesser-known works. The rapport between Scofield and Swallow is evident in every moment. "Sometimes when we play it's like one big guitar, the bass part and my part together," Scofield explains.

Behind the drum kit, Bill Stewart, a close associate of Scofield's since the early '90s, is alert to all the implications of the interaction. "What Bill does is more than 'playing the drums'," Scofield says. "He's a melodic voice in the music, while also swinging really hard."

As an example of modern jazz guitar playing, this is one of Scofield's finest efforts.
-Bill Milkowski, The Absolute Sound, September 2020, Music 4.5/5, Sonics 4.5/5
The trio expresses intimacy, empathy, and simmer available only to like-minded souls of long and comfortable acquaintance. The trio dissects the itchy twists and turns on the winding 'Falling Grace,' practically a jazz standard. Bill Stewart maneuvers 'Portsmouth Figurations' like a rhythmic beast, leavening Sco and Swallow's wiry melodies with jabs, stabs, and face slaps. Even when this trio rages, it's cozy and chatty, like a bar fight in a library. The 3/4 'Awful Coffee' begins flirtatious, only lifting its skirt during Sco's sticky, bridge-swiping solo. 'Eiderdown' rips it up fast and furious; the intro of 'In F' is all glancing blows settling into straight-ahead surety; 'Radio' exudes friendly, country music comfort. The sound, by Manfred Eicher and Tyler McDiarmid, is classic ECM, intimate and reverberant. Scofield has recorded dozens of albums since the early 1980s. He reinvents himself every time.
-Ken Micallef, Stereophile, September 2020

Features

  • Vinyl LP
  • Made in Germany

Musicians

John Scofield guitar
Steve Swallow bass
Bill Stewart drums

Selections

Side 1:

  1. She Was Young
  2. Falling Grace
  3. Portsmouth Figurations
  4. Awful Coffee

Side 2:

  1. Eiderdown
  2. Hullo Bolinas
  3. Away
  4. In F
  5. Radio
ISBN
ASSOC
R
Genre
Jazz
If Can Be Discounted
YES
Discontinued
NO
Inventory
.00
Construct
0
Dropship
0
Record Speed Record Size
12"
Artist
John Scofield, Bill Stewart & Steve Swallow
Title
Swallow Tales
Composer
Additional Artists
Record Weight
Record Speed
33RPM
Multi Channel
Stereo
1
Mono
Colored
Picture Disc
1/2 Speed
DMM
Out of Print
Sell Hold/Repressing
Direct to disc
Creation Date
04-13-2020
Release Date
07-01-2020
Scratch & Dent
0
Availability
Backordered
Format
Vinyl
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