STEVE SWELL'S FIRE INTO MUSIC

SWIMMING IN A GALAXY OF GOODWILL AND SORROW

Hamid Drake, Steve Swell, William Parker, Jemeel Moondoc.

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STEVE SWELL'S FIRE INTO MUSIC
SWIMMING IN A GALAXY OF GOODWILL AND SORROW

Steve Swell: trombone
Jemeel Moondoc:
alto saxophone
William Parker: double bass
Hamid Drake: drum set

This is an album to be cherished, because it reaches back and incorporates styles from swing to post-modern free jazz; and because the playing of Steve Swell and the members of his quartet are as near-perfect as you are likely to find; and because the melodies capture the imagination with a complex beauty that hooks into the inner being of soulfulness. It encompasses a unity of elements that comes as close as possible to the transcendental poignancy to which great art often aspires. As a trombonist, Steve Swell is about as good as it gets, and few can match his original fusion of technique and emotion, with obvious influences as diverse as Jack Teagarden, Grachan Moncur, III, and Roswell Rudd…
…Swell’s extended performance here is one of the most impressive on disk by a trombonist in any era. Swell is on to something, though, and so are his colleagues, because unsung alto saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc is unassailable and on top of his game, his original, searing sound fused to an architectural structure reminiscent of Georges Braque; and percussionist Hamid Drake and bassist William Parker constitute the ultimate rhythmic pair, New Trier seizes Bed-Stuy with nary a missed beat. It does mean a thing, Duke, and it swings and it doesn’t, and Agnon might say it laughs when it speaks and it speaks when it laughs - but the point ain’t about theorizing, anyhow, but enjoyment here and there, and there and here.
Steven Loewy, excerpt from the liner notes

Recorded on June 15th 2006 by Scott Young at Leon Lee Dorsey Studio (New York, Ny, USA)
Mixing: Scott Young
Mastering: Jean-Pierre Bouquet

Liner Notes: Steven Loewy
Photographs: Jacques Bisceglia/Vues sur scène
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Producer: Michel Dorbon

Track list
  1. Manhattan Dreamweavers (10.01)
    Listen an excerpt
  2. For Grachan (10.51)
  3. Blu Coo (10.48)
  4. Swimming in a Galaxy of Goodwill and Sorrow (17)
  5. For Arthur Williams (15.02)
  6. Planet Hopping on a Thursday Afternoon (8.42)
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