Very experienced creative musician specializing in bass in a wide variety of genres. As happy playing in the pocket funk as unison rock riffs, keeping it simple for classic pop / rock or flamboyant liquid improvs in jazz, r&b or prog rock. Unique FX style where required for an extended sound palette of loops and soundscapes.
"Al is without doubt one of the most creative musicians I've had the pleasure to work with. He's gently honest in the studio, a truly instinctive improviser, wonderful composer and selfless accompanist. Al has added dimensions that I didn't know existed to some of my compositions, and I can't wait to hear how he'll shape the next collection of tunes on the second trio album.". - Gary Bamford
"Al is a great player to work with and extremely musical. He's very prompt and provides great quality content that is in-keeping with the music. It was a great experience working with him, highly recommended!" - Ruth Royall
I've many years experience recording tracks for my own releases, in session studio work as well as remotely for others. From my home I can provide high quality recordings using an RME Fireface UCX interface into Cubase 10.
I've previously made or appeared on recordings with Neil Yates (Lighthouse Family, Kate Rusby, Will Young), Mike Outram (Carleen Anderson), George Cooper (Haggis Horns, Abstract Orchestra), 05Ric (Gavin Harrison), Alan Barnes, Rob Brian (Siouxie & the Banshees, Peter Gabriel), art-rock band GRICE - (Luca Calabrese, Richard Barbieri (Japan), Steve Jansen (Japan), Hossam Ramzy (Peter Gabriel), B.J.Cole), Siobhan McCrudden and many others
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Great bass line from Al and some lovely touches that I knew wanted, but didn't even really let him know. Somehow her knew anyway. Great musical sense and delivered swiftly and on time with easy communication.
Al Swainger is an amazing bass player, we worked together on "One Thousand Birds" the 3rd studio album by British singer, songwriter, artist, producer GRICE! amazing sound and musical concept! i really loved to work with him.. hope we'll have the chance to share some music in future! I highly recommend him!