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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Steve Swallow Quintet Victoria Hall , Geneva. July 22

Steve Swallow (bass guitar); Carla Bley (Organ); Chris Cheek (Ten); Steve Cardenas (El.Gtr); Jorge Rossy (Dms)
(Review by Ron Ainsborough)
Another sell out in Geneva!
This concert took place in a typically continental beautifully  ornate Hall, worth being there for the architecture and interior design alone as well as for the wonderful music.
Your comments, Lance, in the Carla Bley CD review were all reflected in this brilliant concert. Obviously well rehearsed without one note out of place, and yes, Carla Bley is a very economic keyboard player, but perfect in her promoting and prodding of the melody with the rest of the quintet.
Can't give the names of all the Steve Swallow compositions but one I do remember was I would rather bite my grandmother which Steve Swallow explained was the reply Sousa (of marches fame) gave when asked what he thought about this new music called Jazz. Wonderful!!!
All the musicians were great but I think Chris Cheek needs a special mention for some great tenor improvisations.
Again I enjoyed every minute of this concert, but their again I don't take much pleasing as long as H R and melody are there. Seriously though this music was brilliant and the wonderful bass sounds of Steve Swallow are worth listening to if you can catch one of his concerts near you.
Sorry Lance for these belated reviews but I have not been back for long.
Ron.

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