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Steve Swallow fans?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by WillBuckingham, Jul 15, 2005.

  1. WillBuckingham


    Mar 30, 2005
    Hey I'm trying to get started on listening to some Steve Swallow. There are very limited resources on the web and I'm hoping that somone wouldn't mind breaking down some of his recordings for me, with recommendations of where to start.
  2. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Any of the John Scofield Trio recordings, pretty much any of the Gary Burton group recordings- there's a nice one that has GB, Steve, Eberhard Weber, Mick Goodrick, Pat Metheny and Bob Moses; the name escapes me at the moment.
  3. WillBuckingham


    Mar 30, 2005
    Cool. Is Eberhardt Weber playing cello?
  4. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    No, there are two basses and two guitars...
  5. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Passengers, right? I was lucky enough to see a show on that tour.

    Also check out the Carla Bley stuff, it's pretty interesting.
  6. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    The Burton album with Eberhard Weber is called "Passengers". Swallow left Burton's band sometime in the mid 80s so more recent Burton has someone else on bass. The really early Burton stuff on RCA has Steve on UPRIGHT which he no longer plays.

    There are four Scofield trio recordings I know about. Bar Talk has been out of print for years, Shinola and Out Like A Light are from the same set of live shows, both good but SHORT (only 30 minutes or so) and harder to find. The latest one Enroute is the easiest to find and it's very good so I'd start there.

    Steve has a number of solo albums out in various styles, hard to say where to start. He's recorded a few duets with his partner (wife? not sure they ever got married) Carla Bley that are lots of fun if you like Monkish piano.

    Steve has posted a number of charts for his tunes online!

  7. One of my favorite Swallow recordings is one he did in 1980 or so called "Home." It's settings of poems by Robert Creeley. IIRC, it has Sheila Jordan, Bob Moses, Dave Liebman, Steve Kuhn, and Pete Levin. Great stuff. One of the more interesting things is that because the poems are so concise, they mostly are used just as brief sections of the overall pieces. In other words, it's not really a vocalist's record (despite the presence of a vocalist) with occasional solos. The vocals are really no more featured than the instrumentalists.
  8. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    If you want to check out Steve on real bass -
    BASRA - Pete LaRoca, SS, Steve Kun and JoHen
    Art Farmer Quartet - Art, SS, Jim Hall and Walter Perkins
  9. Here's my favorite Swallow recordings:

    Scofield/Metheny/Stewart/Swallow - I can see your house from here
    Steve Swallow - Swallow
    Steve Swallow - Real Book

    There's also another one he did with the Gary Burton quintet, I can't remember the name, but it has great swallow playing on it.

    The charts are only leadsheets, they will give you an insight on swallow the composer, which is amazing ...swallow the bassist is incredible too
  10. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Am I a little nuts, or is this the same Steve Swallow that's posting over on TBDB?
  11. Ostinato

    Ostinato Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    Toronto ON
    He plays some beautiful solo stuff on Bob Moses' Visit With The Great Spirit, too.
  12. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Oops, sorry, I was thinking Steve Swanson. Damn. Well, that guy's amazing too -- go to TBDB's Double Bass Sampler, he's got some really nice cuts on there.
  13. abaguer


    Nov 27, 2001
    Milford, NJ
    I second the Home CD. It's a great record

    I also like Times Square, Real Life Hits, Picture this. These three might be my favorites because the Burton quartet was terrific in the seventies and Steve is playing his souped up Fender 4 string.

    There's a great record from the sixties of the Gary Burton Quartet with Larry Coryell on guitar and Steve on upright bass. He sounds great and even does a solo piece I want You by Bob Dylan.

    Duets and Go Together are also terrific duo setting for Steve and Carla Bley. I saw them play together in St. Ann's church in Brooklyn in the 90s and it was a great show.

    Real Book and Deconstructed are great quintet records playing all Swallow material. I'm glad to see people talking about him.