, 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
. 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.