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Steve Swallow

b, eb, *1940 US, Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Musician / Composer of Jazz

American jazz bass guitarist and composer, born october 4th, 1940. Initially he played double bass (most notably in the trio with Jimmy Giuffre and Paul Bley and with Art Farmer); in the seventies he switched to electric bass guitar exclusively. In 1960 he left his composition studies at Yale, but began writing music professionally in Art Farmers quartet (he joined it in 1964). Among notable musical associations is his work with Gary Burton, Carla Bley (whose husband he is) and John Scofield. His style involves intricate solos in the upper register of his instrument; he was one of the first to adopt he High C string on the bass guitar.

  • Bass
  • Bass guitar
  • Piano
  • Jazz
  • Rock
  • R&B/Soul
Popular Tracks   
Wisteria on Wisteria by Steve Kuhn, Steve Swallow & Joey Baron
Útviklingssang on Trios by Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard & Steve Swallow
Life Goes On: Life Goes On on Life Goes On by Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard & Steve Swallow
Útviklingssang on Duets by Carla Bley & Steve Swallow
Pastorale on Wisteria by Steve Kuhn, Steve Swallow & Joey Baron
Life Goes On: And On on Life Goes On by Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard & Steve Swallow
Romance on Wisteria by Steve Kuhn, Steve Swallow & Joey Baron
Vashkar on Trios by Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard & Steve Swallow
Andando El Tiempo: Camino Al Volver on Andando El Tiempo by Carla Bley, Steve Swallow & Andy Sheppard
Radio on Swallow Tales by John Scofield, Steve Swallow & Bill Stewart

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
You Don't Know The LifeJamie Saft, Steve Swallow, Bobby Previte2019Album
Loneliness RoadJamie Saft, Steve Swallow, Bobby Previte With Iggy Pop2017Album
Loneliness RoadJamie Saft, Steve Swallow, Bobby Previte With Iggy Pop2017Album
Andando El TiempoCarla Bley / Andy Sheppard / Steve Swallow2016Album
The Oldest Living ThingFulvio Sigurta With Steve Swallow, Federico Casagrande2015Album
A Guitar Named CarlaRüdiger Krause, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow2015Album
RiversideDave Douglas • Chet Doxas • Steve Swallow • Jim Doxas2014Album
The New StandardJamie Saft, Steve Swallow, Bobby Previte2014Album
Willow: A Jazz SuiteCinzia Roncelli Sings Steve Swallow2014Album
Simple SongsChristian Muthspiel, Steve Swallow2014Album
Singular CurvesSteve Swallow / Ohad Talmor / Adam Nussbaum2014Album
Morning… Dreaming…Thomas Clausen / Steve Swallow2013Album
TriosCarla Bley / Andy Sheppard / Steve Swallow2013Album
Soyeusement - Live in NoirlacMichel Godard, Steve Swallow, Gavino Murgia, Bruno Helstroffer, Fanny Paccoud2012Album
Agnostic Chant BookJonas Schoen Sextet & Steve Swallow2012Album
One Of ManyKenny Wheeler with John Taylor & Steve Swallow2011Album
I.S.Tore Johansen Feat. Steve Swallow2010Album
Playing In TrafficSteve Swallow / Ohad Talmor / Adam Nussbaum2009Album
Carla's Christmas CarolsCarla Bley, Steve Swallow, The Partyka Brass Quintet2009Album
Quartet LiveGary Burton, Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow, Antonio Sanchez2009Album
Swallow SongsSteve Swallow & Bohuslän Big Band2008Album
Your Songs - The Music Of Elton JohnPietro Tonolo, Gil Goldstein, Steve Swallow, Paul Motian2007Album
Twin FallsDeidre Rodman / Steve Swallow2006Album
So ThereSteve Swallow with Robert Creeley2006Album
Three For AllWe3 - David Liebman, Steve Swallow, Adam Nussbaum2006Album
AwakeningMark O'Leary / Steve Swallow / Pierre Favre2006Album
New Old AgeJohn Taylor, Steve Swallow, Gabriele Mirabassi2005Album
Live In Japan Vol.1Steve Kuhn & Steve Swallow2004Album
The Lost ChordsCarla Bley / Andy Sheppard / Steve Swallow / Billy Drummond : The Lost Chords2004Album
Live In Japan Vol.2Steve Kuhn & Steve Swallow2004Album
Famous Jazz Duets - Live in ConcertChick Corea, Gary Burton, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow2003Album
Damaged In TransitSteve Swallow2003Album
Noisy Old MenJohn Abercrombie / Mick Goodrick / Steve Swallow / Gary Chaffee2002Album
Little PoemsArrigo Cappelletti / Steve Swallow / Giulio Visibelli2002Album
Have We Told You All You'd Thought To Know?Robert Creeley · Chris Massey · Steve Swallow · Dave CasT · David Torn2001Album
River Of Joy: Solo PortraitsClaire Ritter With Ran Blake & Steve Swallow2001Album
Castles in the AirClaire Ritter, Steve Swallow, Stan Strickland, Takaaki Masuko, Johannes Ammon, Christine Van Arsdale, Andrew Blickenderfer2001Album
Brutto TempoJasper Van't Hof, Charlie Mariano With Steve Swallow2001Album
Always Pack Your Uniform On TopSteve Swallow2000Album
Are We There Yet?Carla Bley / Steve Swallow1999Album
Three GuysLee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Paul Motian1999Album
DeconstructedSteve Swallow1997Album
CarlaThe Jimmy Giuffre Trio With Paul Bley & Steve Swallow1996Compil.
Two By TwoSteve Kuhn / Steve Swallow1996Album
Songs With LegsCarla Bley / Andy Sheppard / Steve Swallow1996Album
ParlanceSteve Swallow, John Taylor1995Album
Real BookSteve Swallow1994Album
Go TogetherCarla Bley / Steve Swallow1993Album
Swallow (Special Radio Edits CD)Steve Swallow Featuring Gary Burton, John Scofield, Carla Bley1992Album
SwallowSteve Swallow1992Album
Floater SyndromePaul Bley, Pete La Roca, Steve Swallow1989Compil.
DuetsCarla Bley & Steve Swallow1988Album
Out Of NowhereDon Ellis, Paul Bley, Steve Swallow1988Album
CarlaSteve Swallow1987Album
SyndromePaul Bley With Steve Swallow & Pete La Roca1986Album
FloaterPaul Bley With Steve Swallow & Pete La Roca1984Album
Gary BurtonGary Burton, Steve Swallow, Roy Haynes, Tiger Okoshi, Chick Corea1981Compil.
Home · Music By Steve Swallow To Poems By Robert CreeleySteve Swallow1980Album
UnexpectedKenny Davern, Steve Lacy, Steve Swallow, Paul Motian1978Album
We Could Be FlyingKarin Krog - Steve Kuhn - Steve Swallow - Jon Christensen1975Album
Hotel Hello / MatchbookGary Burton, Steve Swallow, Ralph Towner1975Compil.
Hotel HelloGary Burton / Steve Swallow1975Album
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