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Steve Swell: Sound Miracles

By Published: May 31, 2010
AAJ: It's an immensely creative act, teaching in such a context. In a way that might even dwarf anything that one might be able to do in one's own career as an artist, helping people in such need.

SS: You hit the nail right on the head there. I mean it humbles you. Most of us walk around, we don't think about it; most of us can feed ourselves, we don't think about that; we wash ourselves, we do all these things everyday that we just consider normal, and then—I've been to whole schools where everyone's in a wheelchair. But that puts everything in perspective for you, and that's a good thing.

Selected Discography

Ullmann/Swell 4, News? No News (Jazzwerkstatt, 2010)
Steve Swell's Slammin' The Infinite, 5000 Poems (Not Two, 2009)
Steve Swell, Planet Dream (Clean Feed, 2009)
Steve Swell, Magical Listening Hour Live at The South St. Seaport (Cadence Jazz, 2009)
Steve Swell, Rivers of Sound Ensemble (Not Two, 2007)
Steve Swell's Fire Into Music, Swimming in a Galaxy of Goodwill and Sorrow (Rogue Art, 2006)
Steve Swell's Slammin' The Infinite, Live at The Vision Festival (Not Two, 2006)
Steve Swell's Nation of We, Live at the Bowery Poetry Club (Ayler, 2006)
Steve Swell, Double Diploid (CIMP, 2006)
Steve Swell's Slammin' The Infinite, Remember Now (Not Two, 2005)
Steve Swell/Dave Taylor Quintet, Not Just... (CIMP, 2005)
Ullmann/Swell 4, Desert Songs and Other Landscapes (CIMP, 2004)
Fire Into Music, Live LP (Ballroom Marfa, 2004)
Steve Swell, Slammin' The Infinite (Not Two, 2003)
Blue Collar, __Is An Apparition (Rossbin, 2003)
Blue Collar, Lovely Hazel (Public Eyesore, 2003)
Steve Swell, Suite for Players, Listeners and Other Dreamers (CIMP, 2003)
Steve Swell/Tom Abbs/Geoff Mann, New York BrassWood Trio (CIMP, 2003)
Steve Swell/Perry Robinson Duo, Invisible Cities (Drimala, 2002)
Steve Swell, Poets Of The Now (CIMP, 2002)
The Transcendentalists, Real Time Messengers (CIMP, 2002)
Unified Theory of Sound, This Now (Cadence Jazz Records, 2001)

Photo Credits

Pages 1, 2: Frank Rubolino

Pages 3, 4: Scott Friedlander

Page 5: Michael Galinsky, Courtesy of Steve Swell

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