Short Artist Biography :
Al Swainger is a musician who happens to be a bassist. His eclectic tastes have led to making music in a wide variety of genres. Covering ground from pop to progressive rock , traditional to modern jazz and fully improvised soundsculpture, Al is always keen to explore new musical territory.
Longer Artist Biography :
Al Swainger is a musician who happens to be a bassist. He is also a composer, improviser and FX enthusiast. His eclectic tastes have led to making music in a wide variety of genres over the years with literally hundreds of musicians. Covering ground from pop to progressive rock , traditional to modern jazz and fully improvised soundsculpture. Al is always keen to explore new musical territory. Currently he is focusing his unique style on his own experimental composition project Pointless Beauty. An album (After & Before) is due for release in 2017 featuring Neil Yates, Mike Outram, George Cooper & Mark Whitlam.
Other current projects include recordings with omnifusion trio Snow Giants – UN (Mike Outram, 05Ric), the Art Trip – The Music of Art Pepper (Alan Barnes, Craig Milverton, Nick Millward) and art-rock band GRICE – Alexandrine (featuring Grice, 05Ric, Luca Calabrese, Richard Barbieri, Steve Jansen, Hossam Ramzy, Steve Bingham, B.J.Cole). A recording with the Gary Bamford Trio (Gary Bamford, Robert Brian) is also in the pipeline for later this year.
Al regularly works live with the Annika Skoogh Quartet (Annika Skoogh, Matt Carter, Coach York), for which he arranges and composes, the Tommaso Starace Quartet (Tommaso Starace, Frank Harrison, Chris Nickolls), Ed Leaker’s Swing Machine and Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen (Digby Fairweather, Julian Stringle, Chris Gower, Dominic Ashworth, Craig Milverton, Nick Millward).
Past tour highlights include working with Roger Beaujolais, Scott Hamilton, Peter King, Steve Lawson, Tina May, P.P. Arnold, Ken Peplowski and Steve Waterman
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