The Ullmann/Swell 4 is Gebhard Ullmann (winds,) trombonist Steve Swell, bassist Hill Greene & legendary drummer Barry Altschul. This emotional and intense quartet has toured the U.S. and Canada and recorded their first CD, Desert Songs and Other Landscapes, for the CIMP label in 2004. In October and November of 2006 The Ullmann/Swell 4 will be performing in Europe for the first time. The road-tested results that define their absorbing compositions verify the group’s deep commitment to the idea that a music based on earnest communication proves most compelling.
“Tomas Ulrich, sax; Hill Greene, bass; Ray Campbell, trumpet and composer/percussionist Norton have created The Dream Catcher (for Wilber Morris), “skirting back and forth among Hard Bop, the so-called Third Stream and Free Jazz.”