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Karen Mantler: Business is Bad

Read "Business is Bad" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Composer/singer/multi-instrumentalist Karen Mantler's fifth release as a leader, Business is Bad, is a set of nine intimate sketches of everyday life. Delivered in Mantler's unique musical style, the pieces range from the whimsical “My Magic Pencil" to the elegiac “Surviving You" and everything in-between.

Mantler does not so much sing these engaging soliloquies as ...

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Karen Mantler: Business is Bad

Read "Business is Bad" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been nearly two decades since Karen Mantler last released an album under her own name on the XtraWATT label belonging to her similarly coifed mother, pianist/composer Carla Bley, but she's been anything but idle. Work on Bley albums like Appearing Nightly (Watt, 2008), recordings by father Michael Mantler like Folly Seeing All This (ECM, 1993), ...

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The Swallow Quintet: Into the Woodwork

Read "Into the Woodwork" reviewed by John Kelman

In the press sheet for Steve Swallow's Into the Woodwork, the award-winning electric bassist is quoted, saying: “Good humor before and after the red light goes on is very important. Music-making should be fun, after all." Those fortunate enough to see Swallow with Steve Kuhn and Joey Baron this past summer--including a memorable stop at the ...

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Steve Swallow with Robert Creeley: So There

Read "So There" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Steve Swallow goes for a varied approach on So There, combining string quartets, piano and bass, all of this inspired by the poetry of Robert Creeley, one of the most important American poets. This is his second release inspired by Creeley's poetry; in 1980 Swallow and Kuhn (and vocalist Sheila Jordan) released Home on ECM.

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Steve Swallow with Robert Creeley: So There

Read "So There" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Ci si deve abbandonare completamente e lasciarsi trasportare da suoni e parole per gustare appieno la magia di So There. Steve Swallow aveva già omaggiato l’arte poetica di Robert Creeley con Home, album del 1980 registrato insieme a Sheila Jordan e Steve Kuhn. Ma senza nulla togliere alla splendida cantante di Detroit, sentire i versi declamati dalla voce ...

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Steve Swallow with Robert Creeley: So There

Read "Steve Swallow with Robert Creeley: So There" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Steve Swallow with Robert Creeley

So There

XtraWatt/ECM

2006



Bassist Steve Swallow has been meditating on the poetry of the late Robert Creeley (1926-2005) for a long time. In 1980, Swallow and pianist Steve Kuhn released an album of song settings of Creeley's poems with vocalist Sheila Jordan ...

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Steve Swallow with Robert Creeley: So There

Read "So There" reviewed by Budd Kopman

So There is a mixture of Robert Creeley reading short poems and fragments of longer ones, surrounded and accompanied by Steve Kuhn's light, dazzling, free piano and Steve Swallow's feathery bass (and guitar-like solos in the upper register)--plus occasionally the Cikada String Quartet, both alone and with Swallow and Kuhn.

Creeley's poems have ...

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Steve Swallow with Robert Creeley: So There

Read "So There" reviewed by John Kelman

Things don't always work out according to plan. Robert Creeley, who passed away last year at the age of 78, has been a source of inspiration for bassist Steve Swallow for nearly half a century. So much so that one of Swallow's most memorable albums, Home (ECM, 1980), adapted the Guggenheim Fellowship recipient's poetry, sung by ...