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Steve Swallow’s acoustic bass playing helped define the sound of the Jazz of the 1960s in contexts including the Jimmy Giuffre 3, the Paul Bley Trio, the George Russell Sextet (with Eric Dolphy), and the Gary Burton Quartet. In 1970, Swallow reinvented himself as electric bass guitar player and has been yet more influential in this capacity. A member of all Carla Bley’s ensembles ... Read more in Amazon's Steve Swallow Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0000A01LD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,830 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Item 1, D.I.T.
2. Item 2, D.I.T.
3. Item 3, D.I.T.
4. Item 4, D.I.T.
5. Item 5, D.I.T.
6. Item 6, D.I.T.
7. Item 7, D.I.T.
8. Item 8, D.I.T.
9. Item 9, D.I.T.

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Product Description

ECM 11 067792; ECM RECORDS - Germania;

BBC Review

An innovator on the bass guitar, a gifted composer, producer and bandleader, Steve Swallow's maintained a low key, yet consistently engaging presence in jazz over the last forty years or so.

Swallow describes the music on this record as resulting from a compositional challenge he'd set himself. His aim was to write relying more on melody than chord structures, and has teamed up with saxophonist Chris Potter and drummer Adam Nussbaum to play them. You can play them as well, as the composer has included the sheet music for all nine tunes in the CD booklet.

Swallow's spare,elegantmelodies have some of the clarity of Ornette Coleman's or Thelonious Monk's, spiced with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. He writes that it was a much more positive experience to play them than compose them; certainly the trio throw themselves into tackling them with gusto. Potter's tenor gobbles up all of Swallow's harmonic implications like Pac Man on steroids; his devotion to Sonny Rollins shines through in his ability to improvise at length and at speed without resorting to recycling ideas, though his ballad playing gives some of his best moments (particularly "Item 3").

Unlike many of his peers who plugged in and switched on, Swallow treats the electric instrument as an entirely different proposition from its acoustic daddy. Playing with a plectrum, his fluid, rippling lines and resonant chording celebrates the instrument's, er, 'guitarness'. It's made him one of the few electric bassists to be worth much as a soloist, but Swallow's not really interested in grandstanding. Instead. he concentrates on carving out cool, architecturally beautiful lines (or as he terms them, 'exercises in spontaneous counterpoint').

Long term sparring partner Nussbaum offers tireless support. His light, inventive touch gives the music an airy, infectious groove. Like Dave Holland's band, Swallow's trio engage the head, heart and feet with their unpretentious yet cerebral swing.Unreservedly recommended. --Peter Marsh

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. F. Morgan on 12 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
One of Steve Swallow's best performances. I have checked him out with John Scofield a fair bit, but this is my favorite recording I have of him.

All compositions by Swallow, which are all very strong and have their own place on the album, swing, grooves, blues, it's all there!

One of my favorite settings in jazz is a piano-less trio, and this one is simply amazing. The trio explore all realms of harmony and rhythm, and is rewarding and fascinating listening after listening.

Chris Potter, who i do not normally care too much about, is astounding on all levels, really letting go when the moment is right.

He's followed by Adam Nussbaum on kit. Great sound, feel, and complements Potter's playing in a very supporting way.

Swallow's playing is from the heart, every note, you can feel he meant it to sound exactly so, and man can he swing! No electric bass player touches him in this respect in my mind.

I highly recommend this CD, it's well worth your money, I love it. The CD booklet contains transcriptions of all the tunes performed by swallow himself!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A least-favorite jazz format, the sax/bass/drums trio, . . . 19 Dec. 2003
By Jan P. Dennis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
. . . here acquits itself admirably, and earns a full 5 stars. (I originally pegged them at 4 and 1/2, then 4 and 3/4. A final listen jacked them to the top--and beyond.)
A good deal of its success comes because these are special players who've been given special music to play. Chris Potter, fast emerging as perhaps the most significant sax voice of his generation, here plays with a maturity of conception and tone that belies his years. Long a prodigy, he puts aside any questions of callowness and hits at least an inside the park home run. His tenor sax timbre has grown richer and more evocative over the past few years. Here he declaims with fluid authority ("Item 1, D.I.T.") or whispers with intimate conviction ("Item 3, D.I.T.").
Adam Nussbaum in the drum chair seems far too underrecorded. On this outing, he shows himself to be a master colorist as well as displaying a deft facility at world-jazz rhythms. Check him out, esp., on "Item 4, D.I.T."
But it's he leader, Steve Swallow, who invented a widely copied but never surpassed style of electric jazz bass, who defines and pushes forward the vibe. Almost any number suffices to show this, but his playing is particularly attractive and memorable on "Item 4, D.I.T."
A note about the compositions, all from the pen of Swallow. They contain a lot more significant melodic material, and a greater emotional range, than is common for the jazz power trio format. Ranging from the blues to angular post-bop to classical chamberlike material, they provide constantly shifting moods, melodies, and rhythms.
You got me as to how the term "Damaged in Transit" applies to this music. One could wax philosophical and regard it as a metaphor for the human condition: we come from the womb pretty in tact (at least most of do), but as we move along our life's pathway, we become damaged by--what?--imperfect parents, bad teachers, our own perversity--any number of things. When we arrive at our destination, we've been "damaged in transit." This music provides the soundtrack for that journey--or perhaps a glimpse of the folded, bent, and spindled humanity--as it reaches its final resting place. Whatever. Which is just to say that there's a real narrative quality to these proceedings, one that becomes increasingly attractive the closer one attends.
Another stellar recording in this year of remarkable jazz.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Live Performance from Steve Swallow's Trio!!! 11 Jun. 2005
By Louie Bourland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Damaged In Transit" finds renowned jazz bassist Steve Swallow in a stripped-down trio setting recorded live in France in 2001.
While the trio format of bass/tenor sax/drums may seem like a daring step, it is actually quite effective here with many of the compositions being extremely melodic and ear-catching.
Besides Swallow's unintruding approach to the electric bass, the other two members of the trio - Tenor saxophonist Chris Potter and drummer Adam Nussbaum - have shining moments in the spotlight here as well. Potter in particular is acceptionally brilliant with a style that echoes John Coltrane.
Stylistically, the music ranges from traditional jazz (as heard on "Item 1, D.I.T." and Item 5) to bluesy (Items 2 and 4) to ballads (Items 6 and 7) to near-funk (Item 9).
With this said, "Damaged In Transit" is an amazingly diverse yet wholly cohesive album. The performances here are top notch while the musicianship between Swallow, Potter and Nussbaum is extraordinary.
Definitely Recommended!!!
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