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Anton Schwartz: Flash Mob

Read "Flash Mob" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

While attending Harvard University, Anton Schwartz held down the first tenor saxophone chair in its jazz band, yet relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he became a significant jazz force, also serving as an educator and mentor. Flash Mob--which is perhaps his most robust album to date--denotes his fifth venture as a leader and ...

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Anton Schwartz: Radiant Blue

Read "Radiant Blue" reviewed by Ken Hohman

For a guy who has the blues, San Francisco-based tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz sure seems happy. While the ten tracks on Radiant Blue are purported to be based on the twelve-measure blues form (I think there's a couple of sixteens in there), there is barely a blush of sadness to this decidedly upbeat release. But once ...

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Anton Schwartz: Radiant Blue

Read "Radiant Blue" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz picks his spots rather articulately here. Either as an accompanist or accelerator, the artist's penchant for making optimistic jazz looms in radiating fashion. Schwartz sports a resounding tone on this studio set, spiced up with grit and a soul-jazz drenched élan.

The quintet sustains interest from top to bottom, partly ...

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Anton Schwartz: Holiday Time

Read "Holiday Time" reviewed by J. Robert Bragonier

Holiday Time is the third recording by San Francisco Bay area resident Anton Schwartz, although this outing finds him fronting a new quartet. Schwartz is a native of New York, where he studied with the late Warne Marsh and Eddie Daniels, and his big, round sound is front and center once again. One does not generally ...

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Anton Schwartz: The Slow Lane

Read "The Slow Lane" reviewed by Jim Santella

With a rich, brawny tenor saxophone tone, Anton Schwartz leads this quartet through a program of slow ballads and medium-tempo fare. His warm saxophone sound captivates the heart and lets you forget the harsh realities. Music for a rainy day? Could be. However, everyone solos and breathes so much subliminal creative energy into the session that ...

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Anton Schwartz: The Slow Lane

Read "The Slow Lane" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

With his second release, West Coast-based saxophonist Anton Schwartz walks his tenor saxophone down the Slow Lane. Here, the Harvard and Stanford University graduate exhibits style, wit and a predilection for sublime, thoughtful phrasing amid a slightly hard edge, which counters any semblance of saccharine or smooth jazz ideologies. A nice blend indeed as Mr. Schwartz ...

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Anton Schwartz: The Slow Lane

Read "The Slow Lane" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

With his second release, West Coast-based saxophonist Anton Schwartz walks his tenor saxophone down the Slow Lane. Here, the Harvard and Stanford University graduate exhibits style, wit and a predilection for sublime, thoughtful phrasing amid a slightly hard edge, which counters any semblance of saccharine or smooth jazz ideologies. A nice blend indeed as Mr. Schwartz ...

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Anton Schwartz: When Music Calls

Read "When Music Calls" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Anton Schwartz, who could have pursued a career in any number of relatively lucrative fields (he earned a B.A. in math and philosophy summa cum laude from Harvard, a masters degree from Stanford), chose music instead -- more specifically, Jazz, which as many people know doesn't always pay the bills. Of course, that's not what it's ...

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Anton Schwartz: When Music Calls

Read "When Music Calls" reviewed by Joel Roberts

Tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz makes a strong first impression as both a player and composer on his debut recording. Schwartz has a smooth, full-bodied tenor sound and a straight-ahead, gimmick-free style that emphasizes melody over improvisational fireworks. His patient, solidly swinging approach suggests the influence of players like Ben Webster and Stanley Turrentine.

It ...