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While the band will get the chance to perform a significant amount of Swamp's eight trackscompositionally split equally between Robson and Siegelthere's no doubt that some of the group's earlier repertoire will be on show as well. As Robson explains, "I think it's going to be a mixture of stuff, because the band has so much repertoire at this stage, and certain things we know are really good to play live, so it would be kind of crazy not play some of those old things; but we'd like to play a good selection of this new material too, especially in venues where we're playing more than one set."
Siegel continues, "We'll try to play some of the old things that still feel fresh. For example, we just started playing the song "Partisans" again, which was on the first album. If you don't play something for awhile and then you come back to it, it can be really funand freshto play. I think Phil just called it on a gig and we started playing it and it felt like a whole new thing again."
With the upcoming released of Swampand despite its September, 2014 release date in the UK, copies will be available on the toura ten-day, seven-date trek that will cross the continent more than once there's little doubt that North Americans are in for a real treat. Even if they've heard Partisans before, with music that will, no doubt, be as much a surprise to Robson, Siegel, Kelly and Calderazzo as it is the audience, clearly anything can and will happen...and for Partisans, that's exactly as it should be.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.