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Steve Swallow

Bassist Steve Swallow joins Alyn Shipton in front of an audience at 2010's Cheltenham Jazz Festival to discuss his finest recordings, including work with Art Farmer and Carla Bley.

Bassist Steve Swallow joins Alyn Shipton in front of an audience at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

A specialist on the electric bass, Swallow looks back at his early days on the acoustic instrument and talks about the wide variety of his work over a forty-year period.

Significant partnerships include reed-player Jimmy Giuffre, trumpeter Art Farmer, the Gary Burton Quartet (with whom Swallow came to England many times) and fellow-Cheltenham Jazz Festival star John Scofield.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 1 May 2011 00:00


Music Played

  • Jimmy Giuffre


    Composer: Giuffre Performers: Jimmy Giuffre, cl; Paul Bley, p; Steve Swallow, b. New York, 1962.

    • Free Fall.
    • Columbia.
    • 4807082.
  • The Art Farmer Quartet

    Och hor du unga dora (And listen young dora)

    Composer: Trad. Performers: Art Farmer, t; Jim Hall, g; Steve Swallow, b; Pete La Roca, d. Stockholm, 1964. [Re-issued on Collectables with “Live At The Half Note”, 2004]

    • To Sweden With Love.
    • Warner.
    • 25141.
  • Gary Burton / Steve Swallow - Vashkar

    Composer: Bley Performers: Gary Burton, vibraharp, org, marimba; Steve Swallow, b, p. Aengus Studio, Fayville, Mass. 13/14 May 1974.

  • Steve Swallow

    She Was Young

    Composer: Swallow / Creeley Performers: Sheila Jordan, v; Steve Kuhn, p; Lyle Mays, synth; Bob Moses, d; Steve Swallow, b. Columbia Recording Studios, New York, 1979. [Elsewhere on the album:: Dave Liebman]

    • Home.
    • ECM.
    • 1160.
  • Carla Bley


    Composer: Bley Performers: Steve Swallow, b; Carla Bley, org, synth; Larry Willis, kbs; Hiram Bullock, g; Victor Lewis, d; Manolo Badrena, perc; Paul McCandless, reeds, Eng h; Randy Brecker, t, flh; Tom Malone, David Taylor, tb. Grog Kill Studio, New York, June-Aug 1985.

    • Night-Glo.
    • Watt.
    • 16.
  • Steve Swallow

    Hold It Against Me

    Composer: Swallow Performers: Carla Bley, org; Steve Swallow, b; Hiram Bullock, g; Larry Willis, p; Victor Lewis, d; Don Alias, perc. Grog Kill Studio, New York, Winter 1986-87.

    • Carla.
    • XtraWatt.
    • 2.
  • Steve Swallow


    Composer: Swallow Performers: Mulgrew Miller, p; Steve Swallow, b; Jack Dejohnette, d. Grog Kill Studio, New York, Dec 1993. [Elsewhere on the album:: Tom Harrell & Joe Lovano]

    • Real Book.
    • XtraWatt.
    • 7.
  • John Scofield Trio

    Name That Tune

    Composer: Swallow Performers: John Scofield, g; Steve Swallow, b; Bill Stewart, d. The Blue Note, New York, 3 Dec 2003.

    • EnRoute.
    • Verve.
    • 000169902.
  • Steve Swallow with Robert Creeley

    I Know A Man

    Composer: Swallow / Creeley Performers: Steve Swallow, b; Robert Creeley, voc; Steve Kuhn, p; The Cikada Quartet (Henrik Hannisdal, Odd Hannisdal, vn; Marek Konstantynowicz, viola; Morten Hannisdal, cel.). The Make Believe Ballroom, New York, 25 Aug 2001.

    • So There.
    • XtraWatt.
    • 12.
  • Steve Swallow & Bohuslän Big Band


    Composer: Swallow Performers: Steve Swallow & Bohuslän Big Band. Nilento Studios, Sweden, 10 - 12 Sep 2007.

    • Swallow Songs.
    • Vara Konserthus.