Steve Swell | Live at the Vision Festival | Not Two Records

Not Two, 2007 | MW 780-2 | CD

Steve Swell – trombone | Sabir Mateen – alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet, flute | Matthew Heyner – bass | John Blum – piano | Klaus Klugel – drums

Recorded live at the Vision Festival, NYC June 17, 2006. Engineer: Stephen Schmidt. Mastering: Michal Rosicki. Producer: Marek Winiarski. Photos: Bartosz Winiarski. Cover: “Aborigines’s Dream” by Andrzej L. Turek (stick-in picture on paper 22 cm x 33 cm). Design: Andrzej Wojnowski.

All compositions by Steve Swell (Steve Swell Music / BMI)

Tracklist: 1. Improv / Box Set [16:11] 2. For Grachan [15:37] 3. Patient  Explorer / for Frank Lowe [14:55]

Steve Swell | Photo by Bartosz Winiarski

The opening set of Saturday evening was a killer.

Steve Swell’s Slammin’ the Infinite, a working unit now for some two and a half years, hit the Vision Festival fresh from a European tour. This is just one of a number of regular projects for the increasingly visible Swell, but perhaps the one which showcases his writing, organisation and virtuosity to best effect. For this performance special guest John Blum was added on piano. Slum is one of the hitherto overlooked horde of musicians in NYC….but on this showing, wider exposure will surely not be long in coming.” — John Sharpe /All About Jazz/ www.allaboutjazz.com

Sabir Mateen | Photo by Bartosz Winiarski

This was indeed one of the most intense and explosive sets

of this year’s fest. The band was on fire some the first note and my man, Sabir Mateen, erupted on the first solo on alto sax, the impressive rhythm team kicking hard underneath Sabir’s screaming sax. Matt Heyner opened the next piece with some mysterious bowed bass, and soon the theme evolved with a most memorable melody and superb slow burning solos from Steve’s trombone and Sabir’s tenor sax. Sabir’s solo started out softly and soon built to boiling point. The third piece had one of those enchanting South African-like gospelish themes that we all love so dear, with the under-recognized John Blum playing another of his great piano solos. Both Steve on trombone and Sabir on various reeds took a number of impressive solos throughout this fine set. This is, without a doubt, one of the finest bands to emerge from the downtown scene in many years. — BLG, Downtown Music Gallery

Klaus Kugel | Photo by Bartosz Winiarski

John Blum | Photo by Bartosz Winiarski

Matthew Heyner | Photo by Bartosz Winiarski

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