New York's white trombonist Steve Swell was a pupil of Roswell Rudd.
He recorded with
Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Butch Morris, John Zorn, Dave
Burrell, Elliott Sharp, Rob Mazurek, Ken Vandermark. William Parker,
Tim Berne, Joey Baron, Herb Robertson, etc.
After having recorded
the duets with Chris Kelsey Observations
(february 1996), Swell formed a quartet with
Roswell Rudd, Ken Filiano, Lou Grassi that debuted recording
Out And About (june 1996) and followed up
with a different line-up
on Moons of Jupiter
The Atmospheels (august 1998), the Flurries Warm and Clear (july 1999) and the Still In Movement (march 2003) were trio recordings.
He then formed the Particle Data Group (september 2000), recorded
At Seixal (march 2001) with The Implicate Order project,
collaborated with pianist Ursel Schlicht on
Poets of the Now (july 2002), etc.
Unified Theory Of Sound/This Now (november 2001) featured a sextet
comprising of Jemeel Moondoc (alto sax), Matt Lavelle (trumpet), Cooper
Moore (piano), Wilber Morris (bass) and Kevin Norton (drums).
Steve Swell (trombone) and Perry Robinson (clarinet) recorded the vignettes of Invisible Cities (september 2002), inspired by Italo Calvino's Le Cittą Invisibili.
Suite for Players, Listeners and Other Dreamers (july 2003) was recorded with Will Connel (alto sax, flute, bass clarinet), Francois Grillot (bass), Kevin Norton (percussion), Roy Campbell (trumpet), and Charles Burnham (violin).
Not Just (january 2005) was credited to his Quintet (with Billy Bang on violin) plus trombonist David Taylor.
Double Dipoid (may 2006) was recorded with Dave Taylor Quartet (along with Warren Smith and Chad Taylor).
The triple/disc set Fire From The Road collects two concerts (october 2004 and september 2005) by Fire Into Music (Swell, double bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake) with alto saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc, including mammoth improvisations like the 55-minute At the El Dorado and the 32-minute At Ballroom Marfa.
Fire Into Music debuted officially with
Swimming in a Galaxy of Goodwill and Sorrow (june 2006).
The three lengthy pieces of
News from the Mystic Auricle (february 2007) were credited to the
Rivers of Sound Ensemble, actually a quintet with bassist Hilliard Greene
drummer Klaus Kugel reed player Sabir Mateen and trumpeter Roy Campbell.
The two long pieces of a reed quartet in Magical Listening Hour (april 2007) were composed along with Nate Wooley, and performed along with Michael Attias and Louie Belogenis.
Planet Dream (february 2008) was a collaboration with soprano saxophonist Rob Brown and celloist Daniel Levin.
Feynman's Diagrams (recorded in 2011) was a collaboration with the Kirk Knuffke Duo.
Slammin' the Infinite
(with Sabir Mateen, Matt Heyner and Klaus Kugel)
Slammin' the Infinite (december 2003)
Remember Now (october 2005),
Live @ the Vision Festival (june 2006),
5000 Poems (january 2007).
The live We Are Not Obstinate Islands (october 2004) documents the Diplomats with Rob Brown (alto sax) and Harris Eisenstadt (percussion).
Collaborations with Barry Altschul yielded
Desert Songs And Other Landscapes (june 2004),
News? No News! (june 2008),
and Live in Montreal (april 2008).
Nation of We recorded
Live at the Bowery Poetry Club (january 2006)
The Business of Here (august 2008).
Brass Tactics (january 2008), released only ten years later, documents a collaboration among Michael Jefry Stevens (piano), Dave Taylor and Steve Swell (both on trombone) and Dave Ballou and Ed Sarath (both on trumpet).
(with Mikolaj Trzaska, Per Ake Holmlander and Tim Daisy)
Breathing Steam (december 2010)
Return from the Center of the Earth (two concerts, march 2011 and august 2012).
Estuaries (april 2011) featured the Argentinian composer
and improviser Andrew Raffo Dewar on soprano sax and
Garrison Fewell on guitar.
Turning Point (january 2013) contains live duets with pianist
The double-disc Kanreki (Not Two, 2015), that contains the 31-minute live Dragonfly Breath (may 2012), Essakane (may 2011), Schemata and Heuristics for Four Clarinets No. 1 (march 2014), News From The Upper West Side (january 2014), Splitting Up is Hard To Do (september 2012), Live at the Hideout (august 2012) and the 22-minute Composite No. 8 (december 2012),
featured Paul Flaherty (tenor sax), C. Spencer
Yeh (violin and voice), Weasel Walter and Michael Vatcher (drums), Ken
Vandermark (tenor sax), Magnus Broo (trumpet), Zara Acosta-Chen, Miguel
Malla, Ned Rothernberg and Guillermo
Gregorio (all on clarinet), Joe Williams and James Ilgenfritz (bass),
Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello and electronics), Tom Buckner (voice), Darius
Jones (alto sax) Omar Tamez (guitar), and Jonathan Golove (cello).
Steve Swell collected solo trombone improvisations on
The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Improviser (2015)
Swell's odd tribute to Bela Bartok Kende Dreams (december 2014) featured Rob Brown (alto sax), Connie Crothers (piano), William Parker (bass) and Chad Taylor (drums) and included Bartok Screams and Lent-Oh!.
Factorizations (august 2015) documents a collaboration with
Leap Of Faith, consisting of reedists Dave Pek and Steve Norton,
cellist Glynis Lomon and percussionist Yuri Zbitnov.
Swell also played on No Time Left (june 2015) by the Brooklyn Express (Joe Fonda on double bass, flute, Tiziano Tononi on drums, Daniele Cavallanti on tenor sax, ney flute, and Herb Robertson on trumpet).
The four lenghty pieces of Soul Travelers (june 2015) were performed with Jemeel Moondoc on alto sax, Dave Burrell on piano, William Parker on contrabass and Gerald Cleaver on drums.
Chicago Plan (september 2015), containing Swell's 19-minute
featured Gebhard Ullmann (tenor sax and bass clarinet), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello and electronics) and Michael Zerang (drums).
The live Music for Six Musicians - Hommage a Olivier Messiaen (june 2017) documents Swell on trombone and aerophone, along with Rob Brown (alto sax), Jason Kao Hwang (violin, viola, electronics), Robert Boston (piano, organ), Tomas Ulrich (cello) and Jim Pugliese (drums, percussion).
Throes Are The Only Trouble (june 2017) features Michael Foster (tenor & soprano saxes), Steve Swell (trombone), Brandon Lopez (bass) and Weasel Walter (drums).
Throes Are The Only Trouble (june 2017) featured
Weasel Walter on drums, Michael Foster on tenor & soprano saxes, and Brandon Lopez on bass.
Music For A Free World (september 2017) featured Dave Sewelson on baritone & sopranino saxes, Steve Swell on trombone, William Parker on contrabass and Marvin Bugaloo Smith on drums.
Steve Swell played in
Rob Brown's quartet on From Here To Hear
Brain In A Dish (august 2018) was recorded by Steve Swell (trombone), Robert Boston (piano, organ) and Michael Vatcher (drums)
The Steve Swell Quintet with Jemeel Moondoc (alto sax), Dave Burrell (piano), William Parker (double bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums), and guest vocalist Leena Conquest, is documented on Astonishments (december 2018).
The Center Will Hold (september 2019) documents a session with with Jason Kao Hwang (violin, viola, electronics), Ariel Bart (harmonica), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello, electronics), Robert Boston (piano, organ) and Andrew Cyrille (drums, percussion).
Tonotopic Organizations (november 2019) reunited Swell with Austrian pianist Elisabeth Harnik.
Steve Swell's Systems For Total Immersion (june 2021) was a tribute to Luciano Berio, featuring Ellen Christi (voice, effects), Marty Ehrlich (flute, alto sax, bass clarinet), Sam Newsome (soprano sax), Jim Pugliese (marimba) and Gerald Cleaver (drums, percussion).
The Chicago Plan returned with the six lengthy improvisations of For New Zealand (december 2019).
We're Playing In Here? (april 2017) documents a session with
Gebhard Ullmann (tenor sax, bass clarinet), Hilliard Greene (double bass) and Barry Altschul (drums).
Quartets/ Trios/ Duos (august 2007) featured Borah Bergman (piano), Perry Robinson (clarinet) and Ray Sage (drums) in several combinations.