Reviews

All About Jazz

“Swiggett has a unique touch and intensely appealing pianism, and a voice with a depth similar to that of Abbey Lincoln (there are other voices that come closer, but the earthiness is equivalent). Clever and fun listening.”

Wondering Sound Reviews
“Gorgeous … a set of tunes with a warm electricity and a fluidity of motion that just carries the listener along … very beautiful recording. Highly Recommended.” full review

Gerard Marciano, Beautiful Swinging Chamber Jazz
“This is quite extraordinary…what a find. Chick Corea comes to mind; the group has a precise, melodic sound with a classically (and I mean classical) swinging sound that is just beautiful. This and Aaron Parks’ “Invisible Cinema” are the two best piano jazz recordings I have bought in some time. Between them you will have your hands full…Jessica Jennifer Williams comes to mind…we are in that territory. Ms. Swiggett sings on a few songs (the “humming” on “Three For All” is stunning) but that is not the strong point of this music, and I prefer her without the vocals. But if she needs to sing a few verses…go right ahead. When you have this kind of stunning talent and sound (beautifully recorded) you can do as you please. The viola and cello give it a chamber quality, but the group swings with a gorgeous, melodic, rich depth that is very fine indeed. The bass takes a lead for several bars over the trio on the title cut that must be heard. Never intrusive, but always drawing you in. Try this for background and you will put the paper down and close your eyes. This is what I always wanted Keith Jarrett to do. Now I don’t have to wait around.”

Midwest Record
“… a rolling thunder of a set that smokes along mightily … Delightfully left of center, this is a fearless set that pushes boundaries and keeps on going. Smart stuff for smart listeners that like music that really takes them places.” full review

Jazz Weekly
“…exciting, quirky and swinging originals… Imaginative sound and visions.” full review

Lofton A Emenari, WHPK 88.5 FM, Chicago
“Under The Radar: 3 Recordings that merit considerable attention. Over the past year many recordings pass my desk, some good, some not so good. Here are 3 that did not gain appreciable wider recognition and acclaim in the mass market media yet are hall marked distinctively for speaking directly to our collective human condition. …  2. Nelda Swiggett-Blue Eyed Painted Lady- OA 2 …Piano trio with string duo. An intimate bluesy jazz filled coloratura …”

All About Jazz
“… an intriguing and successful combining of nightclub jazz and concert stage classical. This is no more “Third Stream” than it is pure classical or jazz. We are so far beyond these characterizations that we have yet to give definition to such art.” full review

Earshot Jazz Magazine
“…a fine debut that showcases Swiggett’s voice as a composer…” full review

Earshot Plug: Nelda Swiggett Trio at Tula’s
“A few months ago, I had the good fortune of seeing this band in action. It was a true knockout performance; everyone on the bandstand brought her/his A-game and this mighty trio couldn’t have been tighter. It is easily one of the best performances I’ve seen this year.” full review

JazzTimes
“… this third album by Swiggett, as a leader, is a stunning project, put together by three imaginative swingers — pianist Swiggett; bassist Chris Symer; and drummer Byron Vannoy — held together by the highly original mind of Ms. Swiggett.” full review

All About Jazz
“Nelda Swiggett summons the influence of the late Gene Harris … a bright palette, a sinewy execution and a powerful,assertive command. Swiggett’s atonal tendencies echo Monk and her percussive nature, Tyner. Taken as a whole, the sound is all Swiggett’s: refined and confident, open and inviting.”  full review

Earshot Jazz Magazine
“Clumps of notes. That’s how pianist Nelda Swiggett describes musical shapes that are the basis of her compositions. But don’t be misled by the word clump. The notes are not dissonant, grating or random. Her music is precise without being dry, clean without being dull, and light without being fluff. The sound is as clear, direct and crisp as the gaze of her piercing blue eyes. And behind those eyes teems a sharp mind that leaves plenty of air within and around those clumps.” full review

All Music Guide
“Swiggett’s playing throughout is a surprise — generally starting out calmly and melodically, but unveiling deeper layers of excitement and intrigue as the songs develop. There’s a lot to listen to here, and almost all of it is excellent.” full review

Dick Crockett, Bopndicks 10 picks, 88.7 FM
“Seattle based pianist Nelda Swiggett has a bright smooth swinging quality to her mainstream approach and a minimalist almost bare knuckles attitude. Her key strokes are bold and assertive, as if she knows exactly the direction of her music. And you feel it, directional-determined and cool. She has written all original compositions and three with lyrics. Her vocals are care free and warm, juxtaposed to her driving style on piano. She’s been compared to Monk somewhat and to the late Gene Harris, which seems more accurate. Nelda Swiggett’s new CD, “This Time” is a fresh new breeze out of the Northwest.”

All About Jazz
“Nelda Swiggett’s second recording as leader shows the Seattle-based pianist in a bright and creative light. Refreshing and somewhat (Thelonious) Monk-like, the leader’s piano artistry and original compositions urge her quartet to the creation of an exciting session.”  full review