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  • SKU: CM111821
  • Format: CD
  • UPC: 875531022056
  • Street Date: 08/19/22
  • PreBook Date: 07/15/22
  • Label: Cellar Live »
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Run Time: 59:42 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Year of Production: 2022
  • Box Lot: 250
  • Territory: WORLD EX JP
  • Language: English


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Neil Swainson - Fire In The West

Anticipated sophomore release for celebrated Canadian bassist. Swainson assembles and all-star cast including Lewis Nash & Renee Rosnes

Neil Swainson - Fire In The West
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A long-time fan of the front-line pairings of the 1950s bands of Miles Davis, Art Blakey and Horace Silver (for whom "Silver Mine" is dedicated), Swainson shaped both his compositions and the blue-chip rhythm section of pianist Renee Rosnes (with whom he'd worked in the 1990s cross border band Free Trade) and Lewis Nash around this stylistic post-bop conception. With compositional dedications to musical influences (the aforementioned "Silver Mine"), to impactful places ("Kyushu," a musical reflection of time spent on this Japanese island), to people ("Fell Among Thieves" references a biblical parable that Swainson relates to some "wonderful" people he has known who fell into difficult company and circumstance), this new recording offers a personal glimpse inside Swainson's musical and compositional mind.

Track Listing

  • Fire In The West
  • Fool's Gold
  • Cascades
  • Standing Back
  • Fell Among Thieves
  • Kyushu
  • Late Afternoon
  • Near North
  • Gone Away
  • Silver Mine

Press Quotes

Veteran bassist Swainson, who has recorded with Woody Shaw and George Shearing, leads an elegant straight ahead session with a set of originals

     —Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise

Hearing him lead this new quintet through his 10-song set of intelligently crafted pieces is sheer delight

     —Tom Henry, Toledo Blade

It seems a shame that Swainson waited 35 years to make Fire in the West, but maybe he needed those three-and-a-half decades' worth of sideperson gigs in order to hone his own artistry to make a record as good as this one

     —Michael Toland, The Big Takeover

A musical excursion well worth the wait

     —Pierre Giroux, All About Jazz

A solid work that gives you a peek at real musos let loose to do their thing

     —Chris Spector, Midwest record


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