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John Swana: Philly Gumbo Vol.2

Read "John Swana: Philly Gumbo Vol.2" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

It seems like a lot of up and coming trumpeters these days go for the bop stylings of Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw as their main influence. Far fewer look to players like Art Farmer or Kenny Wheeler for inspiration. That's what has made watching the development of Philadelphia trumpet man John Swana so fascinating over ...


Article: Liner Notes

John Swana: Philly Gumbo

Read "John Swana: Philly Gumbo" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

It seems like a case of the big fish swimming in a small pond. So while Philadelphia native John Swana currently chooses to make his home in the city of Brotherly Love, it's clearly evident that this world-class musician could succeed easily in the Big Apple, the undisputed center of jazz activity in America. Taking up ...


Philly Gumbo Vol. 2

Label: Criss Cross
Released: 2005
Track listing: Sid's Dilemma; 127 W. Wilt Street; Three Of A Kind; Ortlieb's; Quasimodo's Uncle; Everything Happens To Me; Mingus And Jaco; It's Over Your Head; Bootsie's Bolero; In Memory Of...


Article: Album Review

John Swana & The Philadelphians: Philly Gumbo Vol. 2

Read "Philly Gumbo Vol. 2" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The sequel to a memorable 2001 release, Philly Gumbo Vol. 2 consists of pleasurable hard bop by John Swana and a band of mainstays from the fertile Philadelphia jazz scene. Despite the familiar stylistic trappings, the music stands up to repeat listening for several reasons. The original material (nine of ten tracks) transcends the tired, derivative ...


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