Morning… Dreaming...

Morning… Dreaming...

Thomas Clausen / Steve Swallow

Label: Stunt
Format: CD
Barcode: 0663993131627
Catalog number: STUCD 13162
Releasedate: 28-02-14
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.
73-year old Swallow is a giant in jazz and one the most prolifically used bassists in the world. His sense of melody and his composi- tional talents are unique, and he is an asset to any ensemble. Steve Swallow’s music has become part of the repertoire of modern jazz, as played by people like Gary Burton and Pat Metheny. His tunes are melodic, deep and original. Since the early 60’s his bass has backed almost every famous jazz soloist: Stan Getz, Art Farmer, Paul and Carla Bley, Jimmy Giuffre, John Scofield, Gary Burton and Pat Metheny. He records in his own name for ECM Records, and he has appeared on Stunt releases with among others sax- ophonist Hans Ulrik and Jonas Johansen. 

Thomas Clausen has spread over many genres. With inspiration from jazz, Brazilian music and new European classical music, he has become an important musician in European jazz. He has won much respect as a solo pianist, for his trios, as accompanist for visiting American jazz greats, as an inspirational pianist for voca- lists, and leader of large ensembles. He has played straight bebop. He joined the jazz-rock crusade. He has created wonderful music with Gary Burton, and he has composed prolifically, including for the DR Big Band and his own groups, and has written several pieces for classical ensembles. His virtuosic and melodious play- ing has been the backbone in many performances by numerous jazz soloists since the early 70’s including Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, Palle Mikkelborg and Jan Garbarek. Thomas Clausen has released numerous albums mainly released on Stunt Records.