Steve Swallow: Damaged In Transit (2003)
Recorded live in France in 2001, the concert seems to focus loosely on blending melodies with keen interaction. The selections (all entitled "Item") traverse the jazz scope with a variety of styles and expressions. "Item #1" is delivered as a heavy post bop swinger with Potter getting a thorough and robust workout on tenor sax as Swallow and Nussbaum drive the tempo. On the moody "Item #3," Swallow delivers a dark and angst filled bass throb as Nussbaum fills the air with cymbals and an occasional tom echo. This piece segues into "Item #4," with Swallow delivering one of his trademark bass solos and Potter and joining in on the up-tempo melody. Each item is filled with this same creative flux that keeps the recording spontaneous but imbued with a musical purpose. Highlights include the Potter's tenor range on the peaceful yet interesting "Item #7," the cool tropic flair of "Item #8," and Nausbamm's solo outro on "Item #2," which proves that this is not your typical jam session.
Track Listing: Item 1; Item 2; Item 3; Item 4; Item 5; Item 6; Item 7; Item 8; Item 9.
Personnel: Steve Swallow: bass; Chris Potter: saxophone; Adam Nussbaum: drums.
Record Label: EMC Records
Style: Modern Jazz