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Rob Swanson: reviews

” That is not fair to have a band like THIS - you play wonderful!"
Gerald Veasley - Bass Icon and great dude (Aug 16, 2007)
You are Killin.
-Nathan East 10/22/04
(after checkin a live show at Zanzibar in Philly)
Nathan East (bassist with Eric Clapton and Fourplay)
“You sound amazing just fantastic...”
Brian Bromberg - bassist extrodinaire (Mar 20, 2007)
"[This is Rob's Swanson's] first release and it's proven to be a goodie-well done"
Chuck Miller - WRTI
"Bassist Rob Swanson projects a rare sensibility on his first release: He has fun"
Karl Stark - Philadelphia Inquirer
Lots of variety and high musicianship.
phillyjazz.org
Beautifully arranged. I played another cut last night & was once again taken with what lovely music & fine solos the group produced.
J Michael Foster - WVUD
The cd "My Bassic Hats" is a rich blend of great performances and
compositions. It was well worth waiting for; I am mining it's treasures daily. Absolutely Fabulous.
Ron Thomas
From the pen of bassist Rob Swanson comes the aptly titled My Bassic Hats, an eclectic collection of thirteen original compositions. Within his debut solo outing, Swanson puts forth a well rounded and stylistically rich blend of music. On My Bassic Hats Swanson assembled a large cast of musicians to help bring his "hats" to life, and with that sort of diverse cast came a collection of pieces that sound as unique as each of the musicians who recorded them. With his fretless, fretted, and upright basses by his side, Swanson displays his technical proficiency as he easily switches between straight ahead acoustic jazz and uptempo bebop to electric funk, latin-jazz and slow ballads. As demonstrated on this recording, Swanson's skills are featured in a number of settings. Unlike most other projects which are composed of a single, particular theme, each track on My Bassic Hats sounds distinctly different from one another. Swanson always holds everything together with his never faltering ability to groove, and he is able to accomplish all of this without ever sounding watered down. Personal favorite tracks include the electric funk of "Up In It", the acoustic upright jazz laden "Can Tony Come Out and Play?", the bebop chops of "Johann Sebastian Bop", the slap grooves of "Humdrum", and the beautifully arranged lyrical fretless melody of "Blue Ire." Bottom Line: With its outstanding cast of musicians and Swanson's ability to double on electric and upright basses, My Bassic Hats covers more territory than I have heard in a long time. For more information on Rob Swanson and his bassic hats, visit him on the net at: RobSwansonMusic.com.
C. Engle @ bassically.net
....souful and intriquing solos.....
....a fine bass solo.......
Susan L. Peña - The Reading Eagle (Aug 5, 2006)