Steve Swallow – Falling Grace

Falling Grace

The New York Jazz Workshop Improvisation class is now working on an amazing tune written by Steve Swallow named Falling Grace. Check out Gary Burton and Pat Metheny in Action. Gary sounds spectacular on this tune.

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