Newstalgia Downbeat with The Steve Swallow Quintet, live at the London Jazz Festival 2011. Recorded by BBC Radio 3 on November 13, 2011 at Queen Elizabeth Hall.
December 4, 2011

Steve Swallow - One of the world's greatest living Jazz Bass players - and that's no exaggeration.

Judging from the number of truly astounding performances that have been broadcast and preserved in November, this past London Jazz Festival has been a watershed year and an embarrassment of riches for Jazz fans all over the world. For a few days last month, the London Jazz Festival played host to some of the greatest names currently filling halls and clubs.

Last week we had the brilliant pairing of Archie Shepp and Joachim Kuhn. This week it's the Steve Swallow Quintet, recorded at Queen Elizabeth Hall on November 13th by BBC Radio 3 and featured on their weekly Jazz On 3 series.

Here's a rundown of what's on the player:

Steve Swallow Quintet recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on 13 November 2011

Steve Swallow (electric bass), Chris Cheek (tenor saxophone), Carla Bley (Hammond organ), Steve
Cardenas (guitar), Jorge Rossy (drums)

1. Sad Old Candle
Composer: Steve Swallow

2. Into The Woodwork
Composer: Steve Swallow

3. From Whom It May Concern
Composer: Steve Swallow

4. Crowded In The Shower
Composer: Steve Swallow

5. Grisly Business
Composer: Steve Swallow

6. Unnatural Causes
Composer: Steve Swallow

7. The Butler Did It
Composer: Steve Swallow

8. Still There
Composer: Steve Swallow

9. Never Know
Composer: Steve Swallow

10. Exit Stage Left
Composer: Steve Swallow

A great concert. Further evidence there's a lot going on.

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