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07/27/12

Andrew Swift
Swift Kick
D Clef

Australian drummer Andrew Swift has been a valuable sideman on the NYC scene over the past decade, supporting veterans like pianist George Cables and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and, more recently, newcomer alto burner Sharel Cassity—all of whom appear on this new release, Swift’s debut as a leader. Cassity trades blistering licks with trumpeter Ryan Kisor on her opening postbop salvo, “Kisor the Despiser.” Trombonist-producer Michael Dease is featured on Swift originals like the Horace Silver-flavored “Soldier” and the burning “Baptized With Fire,” which also includes Kisor and Cassity on the frontline and features a brilliant piano solo from Cables. Gordon offers sly, gruff-throated vocals and a potent trombone solo on the humorous ditty “Brandy,” a track underscored by Swift’s briskly swinging brushwork. Swift Kick also includes a samba-flavored arrangement of Duke Pearson’s “Is That So?” and lovely readings of Jimmy Heath’s “The Rio Dawn” and the Bacharach and David classic “Alfie,” both featuring up-and-coming vocalist Vanessa Perea.

Originally published in July/August 2012
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