Steve Swallow: Bite Your Grandmother


Bite Your Grandmother


Steve Swallow (electric bass)


Real Book (XtraWatt 78118-23207-2)

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Steve Swallow (electric bass), Tom Harrell (trumpet), Joe Lovano (tenor sax), Mulgrew Miller (piano), Jack DeJohnette (drums).

Recorded: Grog Kill Studio, Willow, New York. December 1993


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Steve Swallow, wise guy. Just check out the spiky arpeggios he used to construct “Bite Your Grandmother.” While Jack DeJohnette and Swallow swing like possessed men (I swear, how Swallow manages to walk the bass this fast and not lose the feel is beyond me), Tom Harrell and Joe Lovano negotiate the leader's jagged (yet somehow funny) musical landscape. This leads into some extended solo passages with plenty of room to move and expound. Mulgrew Miller rounds out the quintet on piano, making for a jazz supergroup that does not disappoint.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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