"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley

Steve Swallow

Steve Swallow has played with many of the major figures of contemporary jazz and post-bebop music, beginning in 1960 when he first met Paul and Carla Bley. Soon thereafter, he was playing in the Paul Bley Trio, Jimmy Giuffre Trio and George Russell Sextet with Eric Dolphy. After playing with Gary Burton in Stan Getz’s group, he joined the vibraphonist’s band, playing in most of Burton’s ensembles over a 20-year period. Swallow has played on Carla Bley’s recordings since 1978. His albums as a leader or co-leader have appeared on XtraWatt, WATT and ECM, and they include Always Pack Your Uniform On Top, Are We There Yet?, Damaged in Transit, Deconstructed, Real Book, Go Together, Swallow, Duets, Carla, Home and Hotel Hello.
“Swallow is an ingenious melodist who leaves a lasting impression by economical means.” — The Guardian

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