​​"A wonderful album, full of surprises​...this surely deserves wide recognition" - Claire Martin O.B.E. on 'After & Before'

Pointless Beauty - After & Before


I like to consider anything possible. I'm a big believer in capturing improvisation and refining over time. Sometimes this...   >>>


Covering ground from pop to progressive rock , traditional to modern jazz and fully improvised...   ​>>>


"A wonderful teacher who has a true love of music which makes  all the difference to students. Gave me the confidence to.."   >>>

"One of the great bass players of the future" - Alan Barnes. 

​News & Updates

​20th Feb : Album / Gig Update

​Our debut gig and album launch will be at the Bristol Fringe (BS8 4BZ) on 14th March from 8.30​.

​Imagine Latin America meets Ambient Electronica with a Funky detour and you'll start to get an idea of what you're in store for... ​​

​Tickets £10 available from http://fringejazz.com/get-tickets.html

​Advance booking advised


​31st Jan : 

​Final rehearsals completed for the first recording by my new Al Swainger Q*tet featuring Jon Clark - Drums / Tom Berge - Keys / Joe Northwood - Sax. We'll be laying down tracks on the 7th Feb. Full details including setlist and artwork to follow soon!


​23rd Jan : 

​Mike, Ric & I can now confirm that ​Snow Giants will be returning to the studio on the 15th Feb. If you've been living in a black hole and don't know why this is terribly exciting you should really check out the last album immediately! Go here : Snow Giants - UN


​21st Jan : 

Individual shot from the album launch for 'God, Love ​& Other Myths' with the Gary Bamford Trio​.​ 

​Check out more photos here


​15th Dec : 

​Pleased to be featured on the new Grice EP 'The Grey of Granite Stone' now available from Bandcamp. ​

Grice - vocals, guitars, keys, programming, glass armonium /
Richard Barbieri - keys (Cry) / Steve Jansen - treatments (Cry)
/ BJ Cole - pedal steel guitar / Al Swainger - bass guitar, double bass / Duncan Chave - programming, loops  / Joe Breban - drums / Jim Iz, Dave Costello - vocal harmonies (Cry) / Maria Peters - backing vocals (Spirit Level) 


​12th Dec : 

Ian Bateman's ​10 piece soul / funk band 'Kick Ass Brass' return to the Royal Oak, Swindon for their annual Christmas bash. Expect Tower of Power / Blood Sweat & Tears / Stevie Wonder and lots more. 

​Jacqui Hicks - Vocals / Ben Cummings - Trumpet / Julian Marc Stringle - Alto / Richard Exall - Tenor / Ian Bateman - Trombone / Amy Roberts - Bari Sax / Dominic Ashworth - Guitar / Craig Milverton - Keys / Al Swainger - Bass / Nick Millward - Drums.

​8th Dec : 

​​Great review of 'After & Before' by Lee Henderson for Art Rockin' Magazine : 

​"The music is a mature lovely jazz fusion with slices of eastern and jazz rock in a very strong ECM vein, although the seven tunes range from a congruency not unlike Pat Metheny, Mark Isham, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, and Enrico Rava, to name just a few. Also mixed in is a distinct exotic..." Read More

​7th Dec : 

​Pleased to announce the release of The Gary Bamford Trio album featuring Gary Bamford - Keys, Rob Brian - Drums and myself on Bass. 

​"God, Love and Myths is largely groove based and was almost entirely recorded live, with a few edits here and there, and some necessary overdubs. There are elements of jazz, jazz-funk, funk-rock, free jazz, and drum and bass, and although keys/drums/bass are at the core of this record, fans of electronica and fat synth bass lines won't come away disappointed."

​1st Dec : 

Last year I had the idea to do an 'advent calendar' promotion leading up to the release of Pointless Beauty - After & Before. I made 24 short videos in 24 days. If that sounds like a lot of work - IT WAS! You can view all the videos on the music / video / photography page and buy the album from the shop page. 

2​8th Nov : 

​Individual shot from the King Kong Trio recording at the Bristol Fringe in October.

23rd Nov : 

The band on the steps of the Phoenix Arts centre in Exeter. Amazingly we recorded the live portion of the album back in July, 2015. It took me another year to finish producing it to my satisfaction and nearly another to find the right mixing and mastering team to finish it.

Pictured (left to right) Neil Yates / George Cooper / Al Swainger / Mark Whitlam / Mike Outram.   >>>

​Photo by Guy Harris

​7th Nov : 

​A lovely five day tour with Roger Beaujolais (vibes), Neil Burns (guitar) and Coach York (drums). This photo was taken at the Bristol Fringe by Ludovic Rousset-Penglaou.


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