Wil Swindler

Space Bugs

OA2 22207

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Under Swindler's interpretive hand as an arranger and a bandleader...tunes transformed into brooding epics, and light melodies gained more weight...
ADAM GOLDSTEIN, WESTWORD

As a composer and saxophonist, Wil Swindler lives for the pristine intervals and warm timbres of orchestral music, while finding creative inspiration in the adventurous freedom of small group jazz. The Elevenet exists as his preferred compositional vehicle so that he can explore and display the beauty found in each. Space Bugs showcases some of the music Swindler has written for his highly creative Denver-based ensemble since his 2011 release, Universe B, which inspired glowing comparisons to Gil Evans, Eric Dolphy and even Billy May.

"...the music remains tonal throughout, the harmonic language is intriguingly complex while remaining utterly accessible." - Cadence


Track Listing:

1. Passage 3:17
2. The Real Me 8:14
3. Space Bugs 10:31
4. Annika 7:56
5. Tantrum in D 6:46
6. Julia/Blackbird 11:12
7. Little Requiem 5:26
8. Pavlov's Daughter 11:28

All music composed Wil Swindler, except:
(6) by John Lennon/Paul McCartney
(8) by Regina Spektor
Arranged by Wil Swindler

Performers:

Wil Swindler - alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute
Peter Sommer - tenor saxophone
April Johannesen - bass clarinet
Tom Myer - flute, alto flute
Dawn Kramer - trumpet, flugelhorn
Gabriel Mervine - trumpet, flugelhorn
Darren Kramer - trombone
Susan McCullough - horn
Ben Markley - piano
Matt Smiley - bass
Dru Heller - drums

Production Info:

Produced by Wil Swindler
Recorded by Colin Bricker at Mighty Fine Productions, Denver, CO
May 23-24, 2022
Mixed by Wil Swindler and Colin Bricker
Mastered by Phil Bulla at Platinum Productions, Monroe, NY
All photography by Chris Tracy
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Space Bugs

Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
Playing alto sax, soprano sax and flute, Will Swindler leads a swinging team of Peter Sommer/ts, April Johannesen/bck. Tom Myer/fl, Dawn Kramer-Bagriel Mervine/tp-fh, Darren Kramer/tb, Susan McCullough/hrn, Ben Markley/p, Matt Smiley/b and Dru Heller through a romping "live" in studio album of originals and a cover or two. His soprano is sweet o ...









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