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Rising Star Saxophonist Ricky Sweum Interviewed at AAJ

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The fog has lifted off of the coast of Seattle with the rise of Origin Records. As the fisherman of jazz today, they've cast their nets and pulled in a catch of fresh, raw and bold talent. Their latest catch: saxophonist Ricky Sweum.



Pulling Your Own Strings, which came out in mid-August 2009, has received some of the highest accolades from today's best musicians including Dave Liebman who quotes Ricky as being a “burning tenor player with technique and ideas to spare...well worth checking out." Other musicians who praise his album include Walt Weiskopf, Saxophonist Bill Evans, Bassist Rufus Reid, Pianist Marian McPartland, and James Moody who said it was a, “pleasure for my ears."

AAJ Contributor Cicily Janus spoke with Sweum about his rapid ascent, finding his way to Origin Records, and overcoming fear.

Check out Ricky Sweum: String Theory at AAJ today!

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