Fire in the West Neil Swainson

Album Info

Album Veröffentlichung:
2022

HRA-Veröffentlichung:
19.08.2022

Label: Cellar Live

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Contemporary Jazz

Interpret: Neil Swainson

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  • 1Fire in the West05:46
  • 2Fool's Gold05:08
  • 3Cascades07:41
  • 4Standing Back07:26
  • 5Fell Among Thieves05:30
  • 6Kyushu05:05
  • 7Late Afternoon07:53
  • 8Near North06:04
  • 9Gone Away04:51
  • 10Silver Mine04:18
  • Total Runtime59:42

Info zu Fire in the West

Als langjähriger Fan der Frontlinien-Paare der Bands von Miles Davis, Art Blakey und Horace Silver aus den 1950er Jahren (denen Silver Mine gewidmet ist), formte Swainson sowohl seine Kompositionen als auch die erstklassige Rhythmusgruppe der Pianistin Renee Rosnes (mit der er in den 1990er Jahren in der grenzüberschreitenden Band Free Trade zusammengearbeitet hatte) und Lewis Nash um diese stilistische Post-Bop-Konzeption herum. Mit kompositorischen Widmungen an musikalische Einflüsse (das bereits erwähnte Silver Mine), an beeindruckende Orte (Kyushu, eine musikalische Reflexion über die Zeit, die er auf dieser japanischen Insel verbracht hat) und an Menschen (Fell Among Thieves bezieht sich auf ein biblisches Gleichnis, das Swainson auf einige wunderbare Menschen bezieht, die er gekannt hat und die in schwierige Gesellschaft und Umstände geraten sind), bietet diese neue Aufnahme einen persönlichen Einblick in Swainsons musikalischen und kompositorischen Geist.

Neil Swainson, Bass
Renee Rosnes, Klavier
Lewis Nash, Schlagzeug
Brad Turner, Trompete
Kelly Jefferson, Tenorsaxophon




Neil Swainson
was born on November 15, 1955 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He began playing professionally there, backing visiting musicians including Herb Ellis, Sonny Stitt, and Barney Kessell. He started working with Paul Horn in 1975 and led his own band for a two-year period before relocating to Vancouver in 1976. He has lived and worked in Toronto since 1977. Swainson has been a leading player on the Toronto jazz scene ever since, playing with local and visiting luminaries including Moe Koffman, Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, James Moody, George Coleman, Jay McShann, Tommy Flanagan, Lee Konitz, Joe Farrell, Slide Hampton, and Woody Shaw. He worked with Woody Shaw internationally, too, frequently in New York and on several European tours. He has appeared on two Woody Shaw recordings: Solid (Muse 5329) and In My Own Sweet Way (In & Out 7003).

In 1986 Swainson began working with George Shearing, a relationship that continues today. Together, they have worked with many other great artists including Mel Tormé, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Robert Farnon, and Diana Krall. They have travelled worldwide, playing in Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Europe, Great Britain, and all across North America. He has made numerous recordings with Shearing, including: Dexterity (Concord Jazz 4346), Mel & George “do” World War II (Concord Jazz 4471), A Perfect Match (with Ernestine Anderson, Concord Jazz 4357), I Hear a Rhapsody (Telarc 83310), Walkin’ (Telarc 83333), How Beautiful is Night (with Robert Farnon, Telarc 83325), Paper Moon (Telarc 83375), That Shearing Sound (Telarc 83347), and Joe Williams: A Song Is Born (View Video).

Swainson’s own recording, 49th Parallell (Concord Jazz 4396), features Woody Shaw on trumpet, and Joe Henderson on saxophone. He has also recorded with a number of other great artists including Jay McShann, Doc Cheatham, Geoff Keezer, Sam Noto, Peter Leitch, Pat LaBarbera, Kevin Dean, Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Lorne Lofsky, Kirk MacDonald; and JMOG, a cooperative band featuring Don Thompson, Pat LaBarbera, and Joe LaBarbera.

He has recorded with pianist Gene DiNovi: So In Love (Marshmallow MYCJ30118) and Golden Earrings (Marshmallow MYCJ30185). He recently toured Japan with DiNovi and recorded Smile (Five Stars Records FSY-501) and Gene DiNovi at Red Brick Warehouse Live in Yokohama (Marshmallow MMEX-103). More recently, he has been touring internationally with singer Roberta Gambarini. Neil Swainson continues to compose music and freelance extensively in the Toronto area.



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