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  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

Chicago guitarist Jeff Swanson leads this gently melodic jazz project. Info/tix


Chicago jazz guitarist Jeff Swanson gently tugs his compositions into varied layers of texture and atmosphere on his project Case-fitter's self-titled 2018 album. Tracks like "Graham's" and "Little Big Run" focus on layered, melodic passages that unfold over the course of long and subtly complex structures, giving Swanson plenty of room to converse with a rich cast of collaborators, including Greg Ward on also sax, Greg Artry on drums, and Artie Black on tenor sax and bass clarinet. Swanson's guitar often hangs back on these tracks, providing a quiet center around which the other musicians can swirl and improvise. Swanson's warm, sweeping chords move to the foreground on "Let The Children Play," leading the ensemble in a build toward a radiant up-tempo exchange of concise hooks. At this show, Swanson will play two sets with Ward, Artry, saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, pianist Paul Bedal, and bassist Matt Ulery. —Scott Gordon

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