There’s a reason Steve Swallow is considered one of the greatest electric bassists in jazz history, and it’s records like this. Tin Pan Aliens is the new album and apparently the name of the trio comprising Swallow and his Scandinavian cohorts, tenor saxophonist Hans Ulrik and drummer Jonas Johansen. Though the collective does not list any one member as its leader, I’d wager-at the risk of sounding American-centric-that Swallow is calling most of the shots here. Why? Because the music presents more than a few parallels with Swallow’s excellent trio album from 2003, Damaged in Transit.
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