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STEVE SWELL'S
NATION OF WE (aka NOW Ensemble)
With STEVE DALACHINSKY

WHAT MATTERS MOST
Bowery Poetry Club, 10/12/2005

Reeds: Rob Brown, Will Connell, Saco Yasuma, Sabir Mateen, Ras Moshe
Trumpets: Raphe Malik, Flip Barnes
Trombones: Peter Zummo, Steve Swell
Piano: Chris Forbes
Basses: Matt Heyner, Todd Nicholson
Drums: Jackson Krall, Mike T. A. Thompson
Poet: Steve Dalachinsky
Recorded at the Bowery Poetry Club 12 October 2005
Engineer: Robert O'Haire


This fifty-five minute live set is vibrant and riveting. This is the Musicians' Gift to you, our readers.

Acoustic Levitation would like to thank the perfectly-named Steve Swell and man-about-town Steve Dalachinsky, as well as these fine musicians, each a major player on the scene, in both senses.

Dalachinsky, who often contributes to these pages, has always been a fine poet and performer, but this recording is witness to my belief that over the last few years he's truly come into his own in confidence, style, and tangible energy of his performances with improvisers. Check out some of his youtube clips for further gulps of this special draught.

Please support your favorite musicians (and treat yourself at the same time) by buying their commercially-available discs and attending live performances as often as you can, at the Bowery Poetry Club and other small and vital venues wherever you live.

Steve Swell's music can be found on labels including CIMP, not two, Ayler, clean feed, and Delmark. A good starting place might be his Brasswood Trio, with bassist Tom Abbs and drummer Geoff Mann, on Still In Movement, CIMP 285. Enter steveswell.com for a further look at this intricate, powerful artist and educator, who won Best Trombonist 2008 from the Jazz Journalists Association. You also can buy many of his discs directly.

Steve Dalachinsky's CDs, books and art are available from Rogue Art, Hopscotch, Silkheart and others. Especially recommended is his new collaboration with photographer Jacques Bisceglia, Reaching Into The Unknown - 1964-2009 (RogueArt). It's a 430-page collection of Bisceglia's full-page candids of musicians ranging from Monk to Pharoah to Zorn, interspersed with Dalachinsky's poems inspired by same musicians. Steve Swell's trombone jumps out from page 386.

These can be obtained from DowntownMusicGallery.com, cadencebuilding.com, and other quality distributors worldwide, or contact us at AcousticLv[at]aol.com and we'll hook you up with the labels and musicians directly.

WHAT MATTERS MOST
Sound recording ©(p) Steve Swell, 2009. All rights retained by individual musicians.

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