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Steve Swallow

Steve Swallow was born in New York City in 1940, and spent his childhood in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Before turning to the acoustic bass at age 14, he studied piano (with Howard Kasschau, who also taught Nelson Riddle) and trumpet. His otherwise miserable adolescence was brightened by his discovery of jazz. He took many of his first stabs at improvisation with Ian Underwood (who subsequently became a Mother Of Invention and an L.A. studio ace), with whom he attended a swank New England private school. During his years at Yale University he studied composition with Donald Martino, and played dixieland with many of the greats, including Pee Wee Russell, Buck Clayton and Vic Dickenson

Life Goes On

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Life Goes On: Life Goes On; On; And On. Beautiful Telephones: I, II, III; Copycat: After You; Follow The Leader; Copycat.

Swallow Tales

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: She Was Young; Falling Grace; Portsmouth Figurations; Awful Coffee; Eiderdown; Hullo Bolinas; Away; In F; Radio.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Steve Swallow Interview

Read "Steve Swallow Interview" reviewed by Mike Brannon

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in January 2001. Steve Swallow may not be a household name, at least in most households, but if you've listened to contemporary jazz over the last thirty years, you've likely heard him on one side of the studio glass or the other. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Meet Steve Swallow

Read "Meet Steve Swallow" reviewed by Craig Jolley

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in October 2000. Touring this summer As is often the case I've been touring Europe during the dreaded festivals. I did the July circuit with a band of [drummer] Bobby Previte's called Bump the Rennaissance which also contains [trombonist] Ray Anderson, [reed ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Meet Carla Bley

Read "Meet Carla Bley" reviewed by Craig Jolley

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in October 2000. A Genuine Tong Funeral (RCA). 1967 record by Gary Burton quartet with orchestra; music composed and arranged by Bley. It was my first big break. After the Funeral I did quite a few big projects. After all this time ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Scofield: Swallow Tales

Read "Swallow Tales" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It was Gary Burton who brought Steve Swallow—with electric bass in tow—into the teaching ranks of the Berklee College of Music in the early 1970s. Burton had already introduced Swallow's songs to the students, one of whom, a fresh-faced John Scofield, would go on to play and record with both men. Scofield and Swallow's musical partnership ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

John Scofield: One For Swallow

Read "John Scofield: One For Swallow" reviewed by Ian Patterson

From time to time in his storied career John Scofield will take a look over his shoulder and re-examine some of the music that has fed into his own, personal brand of jazz. The influences are many, for no matter the context that Scofield engineers, his distinctive sound always carries something of the blues, a little ...

John Scofield As A Sideman: The Best Of…

Read "John Scofield As A Sideman: The Best Of…" reviewed by Ian Patterson

John Scofield is a modern-day jazz legend, one of the most instantly recognizable voices on the guitar, and an inspiration to many. In a solo career that began in earnest in 1977, Scofield has carved out his own sound on dozens of albums, including his tribute to Steve Swallow, Swallow Tales (ECM, 2020), a trio album ...

ARTICLE: TOP TEN LIST

Filmmaker Joerg Steineck's Top Ten John Scofield Albums

Read "Filmmaker Joerg Steineck's Top Ten John Scofield Albums" reviewed by Michael Ricci

In his All About Jazz interview, Berlin-based filmmaker Joerg Steineck discusses the making of his documentary Inside Scofield. As the title suggests, the film takes a look at guitar icon John Scofield's career and life on (and off) the road as a touring jazz musician. After the interview we asked Joerg to identify his favorite “Sco" ...


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