If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.
You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...
Always Pack Your Uniform On Top is the latest solo outing by the estimable bassist/composer Steve Swallow and perhaps represents his finest effort as a leader in recent years. On the surface it would be hard to envision anything less than admirable especially when taking into account the lineup consisting of guitarist Mick Goodrick, saxophonist Chris Potter, drummer Adam Nussbaum and trumpeter Barry Ries. And as we might surmise, the overall results prove to be mighty impressive.
Recorded in 1999 at Ronnie Scott's Club in London, Swallow and co. tear it up in high octane yet quick-witted fashion on the opener, "Bend Over Backward" as the musicians pursue a loose and somewhat whimsical bop-ish vibe along with the impact and force of a runaway train. Essentially, the musicians perform a master clinic, as everyone appears to be at the top of their game, where every well-placed or improvised note seems to find a natural home within the context of these thoroughly memorable and elegantly performed compositions! - The band turns in a breezy, Caribbean style groove on "Feet First" as Goodrick paints a vivid picture via his sinuous single note lines and radiant themes. Basically, Always Pack Your Uniform On Top is a class act - as the band most assuredly brought down the house at this time-honored jazz venue.
Track Listing: Bend Over Backward; Dog With A Bone; Misery Loves Company; Reinventing The Wheel; Feet First; La Nostalgie De La Boue.
Personnel: Barry Ries: trumpet; Chris Potter: tenor saxophone; Mick Goodrick: guitar; Steve Swallow: bass; Adam Nussbaum: drums.
We sent a confirmation message to . Look for it, then click the link to activate your account. If you don’t see the email in your inbox, check your spam, bulk or promotions folder.
Thanks for joining the All About Jazz community!