As the year draws to a close, we picked our favourite Albums of 2020.
Chicago is home to a vibrant jazz scene and Jeff Swanson has been playing a central role in it over the past few years. Following the release of his first full-length, Case-fitter, the guitarist/composer continues the project with a new album entitled Fathoms. The album blends an array of genres, including jazz, rock, electronic music and chamber music, and features Paul Bedal on keyboards, Matt Ulery on electric bass, Greg Artry on drums and percussion, Dustin Laurenzi on tenor saxophone and Greg Ward on alto saxophone.
Fathoms is set for release on February 28th through BACE Records and we can already hear the astounding first single ‘Gaussian’. The track “takes influence from Peruvian Festejo rhythms while maintaining Swanson’s compositional storytelling and heavily electric sound”, explains the press release. “The listener is taken on a journey as the odd phrasing and sway of the beginning melodies transition into an open section where the composer enters into a fiery dialog of back and forth with the rhythm section.” Here it is.