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Wil Swindler

Composer and saxophonist, Wil Swindler currently resides near Denver, CO where he leads Wil Swindler's Elevenet, the modern bop quintet GoodRattle, and the Wil Swindler Quartet.  In addition to his own bands, he is an active performer with the Peter Sommer Septet, Al Hood’s H2 Big Band, Colorado Symphony, the Ben Markley Big Band, the Colorado Jazz Orchestra, the Adam Bartzcak Republic, and many more.  In addition to receiving IAJE's Gil Evans Fellowship in 2008, Wil has completed numerous commissions from jazz ensembles, military bands, and symphony orchestras around the world.  Wil has three CDs available under his own name, Universe B (OA2 Records 2010), the Right Riot (2014) with GoodRqattle, and Chamber Jazz Ensemble (NohJoh Music 2006), and can be heard on numerous other albums including Ingrid Michaelson’s Songs for the Season, Steve Owen's Stand Up Eight, Peter Sommer’s Happy-Go-Lucky-Locals, Al Hood/Dave Hansen's You're It, Bob Washut’s Journey to Knowhere, and David Caffey’s Enter Autumn and All in One.

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Vibes on a Breath

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: If I Only Had A Brain; Nature Boy; Roaring Fork Closure; We’ll Get Through This; Stolen Moments; Subconscious Lee; New Orleans; It Could Happen To You; In Your Quiet Place; Seven Steps To Heaven; Bus.

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Article: Year in Review

Jack Bowers' Best Jazz Albums Of 2023

Read "Jack Bowers' Best Jazz Albums Of 2023" reviewed by Jack Bowers


2023 was another banner year for jazz of all shapes and sizes. It has been a pleasure to review so many splendid big-band albums along with wonderful enterprises by smaller groups, some of which were recording for the first time (hopefully, not the last). If this was a preview of things to come, we look forward ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Interview With Jazz Saxophonist Wil Swindler

Read "Interview With Jazz Saxophonist Wil Swindler" reviewed by Steven Roby


Composer and saxophonist Wil Swindler currently resides near Denver, CO, where he leads Wil Swindler's Elevenet, the modern bop quintet GoodRattle, and the Wil Swindler Quartet. In addition to his own bands, he is an active performer with the Peter Sommer Septet, Al Hood's H2 Big Band, the Colorado Symphony, the Ben Markley Big Band , ...

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Article: Album Review

Ted Piltzecker: Vibes on a Breath

Read "Vibes on a Breath" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Even though Ted Piltzecker is a splendid vibraphonist and ushers a group of Colorado's leading jazz musicians through its paces on Vibes on a Breath, it is his sparkling arrangements that carry the day on this delightful new album. Several members of Piltzecker's septet double, and he makes the most of that versatility, writing charts that ...

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If I Only Had a Brain

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 06:59

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Article: Album Review

Wil Swindler: Space Bugs

Read "Space Bugs" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Space Bugs is essentially multi-layered yet readily accessible chamber jazz admirably performed by saxophonist/composer Wil Swindler's Colorado-based Eleventet—a finely woven banquet for the ears that was handsomely recorded in May 2022 before an appreciative audience at Denver's Mighty Fine Productions. Gil Evans springs to mind when listening, as do Pete Rugolo and late- career Bob Brookmeyer. ...

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Space Bugs

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Passage; The Real Me; Space Bugs; Annika; Tantrum in D; Julia/Blackbird; Little Requiem; Pavlov’s Daughter.

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Ari's Funhouse

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Birdless; Lyric; Lines of Oppression; Bert's Playground; For Tracy; Arrows and Loops; Green Spleen

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Song of the Day

Passage

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 03:17


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