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MP3 Philip Swanson - Lengthening Shadows
This CD contains 15 original works for solo piano, some notated, others largely improvisatory, reflecting Swanson''s vast experience as a performer and composer in both the classical and jazz traditions.
16 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Crossover Jazz, JAZZ: Smooth Jazz
Philip Swanson has had a distinguished career as a trombonist, pianist, organist, composer, conductor, and teacher. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts from New England Conservatory, Master of Music from the Eastman School, and completed his undergraduate work at Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Miami.
As a trombonist, he has performed with the Miami Philharmonic, where he served as principal for five years, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, and numerous other orchestras and chamber ensembles. He is co-founder with Richard Given of the brass chamber ensemble Morgenmusik. He also performs regularly with several jazz groups including: Chamber Jazz Trio and Bob Nieske''s Big Wolf Project.
Dr. Swanson is an Assistant Professor of Music at Salem State College in Salem, MA where he teaches music theory, composition, piano, and trombone. Since 1991, he has been Music Director of the First Congregational Church of Rockport, MA where he serves as organist, choir director, and administrator of the Old Sloop Concert Series.
Dr. Swanson has written and published numerous works for various instrumental and vocal ensembles. He can also be heard on a wide range of recordings, including a solo piano album of original works, several small group jazz albums, and performances with larger ensembles, including John Williams and the Boston Pops.
Reviewing this CD in Fanfare (Nov - Dec 2006) Peter Burwasser wrote, "Swanson is a composer and pianist of no little sophistication, and although this material is consistently melodic and concisely made (timings range from two to five-and-a-half minutes), it is filled with delicate filigree and sparkling harmonies. The shadows of Chopin and Brahms hover. On the jazz side, several of the pieces have the unmistakable flavor of Vince Guaraldi, aka the Peanuts music guy. As a performer, Swanson displays an easy virtuosity that adds to the beguiling character of this CD. Easy listening, yes, but in the best sense."
Swanson, a remarkably versatile musician, has two other albums on the MSR label: Veni Creator Spiritus, a classical trombone and organ album (MS 1137) and The Song Endures, a jazz trio album (MS 1209).
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