Trombonist Steve Swell captures the energy of a big band in the close quarters of a small group. An alumnus of Buddy Rich
's and Lionel Hampton
's bands on the one hand, and collaborator with Anthony Braxton
on the other, he seems bound to have fixed upon such a hybrid configuration at some point.But how an artist could exhibit such stylistic range and adaptability to begin with, and on top of that reconcile them in a career that has already spanned three decades, is a question requiring some digging, representing as it does an achievement unique in any jazz era.
AAJ Contributor Gordon Marshall spoke with Swell about the latest installment by his group Slammin' the Infinite - 5000 Poems (Not Two, 2009) - his longstanding group with Gebhard Ullmann and its new release, News? No News (Jazzwerkstatt, 2010), and moving from the mainstream to the avant-garde.
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