Catalog number: STUCD 13162
The result of the meeting between Thomas Clausen and Steve Swallow is beautifully illustrated on the cover in Fie Johansen’s photo of a white swan flying over the open sea. It represents the open, alluring musical landscape of warm, emotional music in varied tempi. The intimate format of grand piano and bass works wonderfully. Sometimes Steve Swallow’s poetic bass almost sounds like a guitar and Thomas Clausen occasionally plays his Fender Rhodes.
A long-time admirer of bassist Steve Swallow’s music, Danish jazz pianist Thomas Clausen decided to invite Swallow to Europe for a duo tour and recording session. He discovered that his admira- tion was reciprocated. Swallow had listened to two albums from the early 1990’s featuring Gary Burton with Clausen’s trio with Alex Riel and Mads Vinding (CAFÈ NOIR and FLOWERS AND TREES). For years Swallow worked closely with Burton as bassist and composer.