Personalities | Steve Swallow | Seventies | Jazz & Blues

(Electric bass, b. 1940)

One of a handful of electric-jazz bassists who have shaped the sound of the instrument, Swallow was a student at Yale University when he became attracted to music. An early apprenticeship with pianist Paul Bley grew into a long-term association and the two recorded frequently. Vibist Gary Burton provided another ongoing musical relationship. After a number of years teaching and playing in California, Swallow became involved with pianist-composer Carla Bley, and the pair co-lead numerous projects.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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