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After & Before

by Al Swainger's Pointless Beauty

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Mario Gaiotto
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Mario Gaiotto Great album! Different atmospheres along it. Beautiful compositions and high level musicians. Sonhos Estranhos is my favorite, I love to see how Al took Brazilian landscape and painted it with totally different colours. Favorite track: Sonhos Estranhos.
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Jazzfuel Really cool set of music which I discovered for the equally cool Pointless Beauty Facebook group! facebook.com/PointlessBeauty Favorite track: Spring Cleaning.
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Too Late 06:18
The Rockpool 03:38
Cyrano 09:12


"​A wonderful album, full of surprises, beautifully played and arranged. Original and well thought through this surely deserves wide recognition" - Claire Martin O.B.E.

"​An amazing album… A joyous and melodic collection of original pieces, and I do mean original!" - Ant Law

​"​Atmospheric and varied… A confident and colourful album" - Theo Travis (Steven Wilson, Soft Machine)

​"Lovely combination of really great playing, composition and sonic adventure" - John Parricelli (Loose Tubes, Andy Sheppard, Kenny Wheeler)

“The wonderful new album from bassist and composer Al Swainger’s Pointless Beauty. With seemingly unintentional ease it avoids any fitting neatly into any one genre whilst expressing snippets of many. As such it is perhaps more akin to a collection of sonic stories than a traditional jazz or pop album. Pure, unpretentious and cinematic it expresses itself with depth and feeling whilst demonstrating the musical integrity (and indulgence) of a skilful musician enjoying both the labours of his past alongside his enlightened future.” – Alain Cook

"The music is a mature lovely jazz fusion with slices of eastern and jazz rock in a very strong ECM vein, although the seven tunes range from a congruency not unlike Pat Metheny, Mark Isham, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, and Enrico Rava, to name just a few. Also mixed in is a distinct exotic..." - Lee Henderson (Art Rockin')

"ethereal bliss... a filmscore to the movie inside your head... an absolutely standout jazz album." - ​Martin Phillips (Some Diurnal Aural Awe)


released December 1, 2018

All compositions & arrangements Al Swainger

Neil Yates – Trumpet & Flugel / Mike Outram – Guitar
George Cooper – Keyboards / Mark Whitlam – Drums
Al Swainger – Bass, Keys, Vocal FX & Programming

Recorded & Engineered by Duncan Chave at Sound Gallery
Mixed by Alex Killpartrick (Snowpoet / Laura Jurd / Kit Downes)
Mastered by Mandy Parnell (Bjork / Sigur Ros / Kurt Rosenwinkel)
Produced by Al Swainger Additional production Alex Killpartrick
Original photography, artwork & sleeve design Al Swainger


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Al Swainger Bristol, UK

Cinematic Fusion for the Emotionally Curious


Rich and eclectic atmospheres to help you daydream and stimulate your emotions.

Pointless Beauty is the contemporary project of bassist, digital artist, composer, producer Al Swainger.

Blending a wide range of influences improvised music, this is a very personal take on what jazz or progressive music could be.
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