Swartz’s support comes from the power-in-reserve rhythm section of Bob Florence’s big band. There is something about Florence’s piano playing that attracts adventurous young trumpet players. His occasional partnership with Ingrid Jensen has produced memorable moments. He and Swartz also meld well and strike sparks. When Swartz goes on risky little harmonic side trips away from the changes, as he does on “All the Things You Are” and “Star Eyes,” a less calm and assured pianist would be tempted to go off into space with him, and neither might get back alive. Florence gives Swartz plenty of slack but keeps him tethered to the ship.
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