Live @ the Vision Festival

Live @ the Vision Festival is an album by American jazz trombonist Steve Swell, which was recorded at the 2006 Vision Festival and released on the Polish Not Two label. It was the third release by Slammin' the Infinite, this time a quintet with guest pianist John Blum.[1]

Live @ the Vision Festival
Live Vision Festival Swell cover.jpeg
Live album by
RecordedJune 17, 2006
VenueAngel Orensanz Center, New York City
LabelNot Two
ProducerMarek Winiarski
Steve Swell chronology
Swimming in a Galaxy of Goodwill and Sorrow
Live @ the Vision Festival
News from the Mystic Auricle


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz    [3]

In his review for AllMusic, Michael G. Nastos states "Swell and his quintet dubbed 'Slammin' the Infinite' do indeed push the envelope, play arresting free-based music, and decompose standard jazz nomenclature while also paying tribute to the pioneering heroes of the genre."[2]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz says "'Three large slabs the sound give the disc an undifferentiated feel, though the closing threnody for Frank Lowe suddenly seems to acquire coherence."[3]

In a double review for All About Jazz, John Sharpe notes that "Less than perfect sound is the only drawback to an otherwise splendid disc... But the passion, power and high octane exuberance of this band nonetheless makes for required listening."[4]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Steve Swell
  1. "Improv / Box Set" - 16:11
  2. "For Grachan" - 15:37
  3. "Patient Explorer / For Frank Lowe" - 14:55



  1. ^ Live @ the Vision Festival at Not Two
  2. ^ a b Nastos, Michael G.. Steve Swell – Live @ the Vision Festival: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 1372. ISBN 0141034017.
  4. ^ Sharpe, John. Live @ the Vision Festival review at All About Jazz