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CD/LP/Track Review

Andrew Swift: Swift Kick (2012)

By Published: April 8, 2012
Andrew Swift: Swift Kick Track review of "Understanding"

Drummer Andrew Swift belongs to a new generation of jazz artists that includes trumpeter Ryan Kisor
Ryan Kisor
Ryan Kisor
b.1973
trumpet
and multi-instrumentalists Sharel Cassity
Sharel Cassity
Sharel Cassity

saxophone
and Michael Dease
Michael Dease
Michael Dease
b.1982
trombone
, all of whom join Swift on his debut recording, Swift Kick. These young artists are all well trained and steeped in tradition. However, tradition does not own their collective souls. All compose with a bright edge of intelligence and perform in the same way. This is smart jazz that does not brag or indulge in over composition or arrangement, meaning it is very listenable and enjoyable. Swift is joined on Swift Kick by other jazz luminaries such as trombonist/vocalist Wycliffe Gordon
Wycliffe Gordon
Wycliffe Gordon
b.1967
trombone
, saxophonist Eric Alexander
Eric Alexander
Eric Alexander
b.1968
sax, tenor
, pianist George Cables
George Cables
George Cables
b.1944
piano
, and vocalist Vanessa Perea.

It is with peer pianists Jeb Patton
Jeb Patton
Jeb Patton
b.1974
piano
, Cassity and Dease that Swift properly gels. On the disc closer, "Understanding"—composed and performed by bassist John Lee
John Lee
John Lee
b.1952
—Swift demonstrates his rhythmic sorcery with a tom roll that gains traction on the smooth gravel of Cassity's bass clarinet, Patton's left hand, and Matthew Garrison
Matthew Garrison
Matthew Garrison
b.1970
bass, electric
's baritone saxophone, all of which project Lee's complex bass line. Curtis Stewart's violin adds a bit of old world charm to this contemporary jazz piece, finding the triple point between Jean-Luc Ponty
Jean-Luc Ponty
Jean-Luc Ponty
b.1942
violin
, Svend Asmussen and Michal Urbaniak. Patton provides a clean and cogent Fender Rhodes solo that eventually makes its way to a Dease solo on the electronic trombone. The two principles, drummer Swift and bassist Lee, guide the song to its crisp coda with certainty and confidence. This is a great bunch of young musicians.

Personnel: Andrew Swift: drums, timpani, electric guitar; Sharel Cassity: soprano saxophone, bass clarinet; Michael Dease: trombone, electric trombone; Tim Mayer: alto flute; Evan Sherman: percussion, gong; John Lee: electric bass, composer; Jeb Patton: Fender Rhodes; Curtis Stewart: violin; Matt Garrison: baritone saxophone; Tony the Hawk: hawk.

Record Label: D Clef Records



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