Swept Away (Marc Johnson album)

Swept Away is a studio album by jazz musicians Marc Johnson (double bass) and Eliane Elias (piano) with Joey Baron on drums and Joe Lovano on tenor saxophone.[1] The album was released on September 7, 2012 by ECM Records.

Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz[4]
Financial Times[5]
The Irish Times[6]
Swept Away
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 7, 2012
RecordedFebruary 2010
StudioAvatar Studios, New York City
ProducerEliane Elias, Marc Johnson
Marc Johnson and Eliane Elias chronology
Shades of Jade
Swept Away


Both The Guardian and AllMusic gave the album four stars.[2][3] In The Guardian, critic John Fordham sees the influence of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett and praises the album's intimacy.[2] At AllMusic, Rick Anderson calls it "ECM jazz" after ECM Records and the melancholy and spaciousness which are characteristic of many albums in the label's catalogue.[3]

Cormac Larkin of The Irish Times gave the album five stars, stating it was even better than Johnson and Elias's last collaboration, and crediting Elias in particular for "really lift[ing] Swept Away to another level."[6] Phil Johnson of The Independent commented "Bassist Johnson and pianist Elias are partners in life as well as music, and this delightfully dreamy album of 11 songs suggests the domestic scale and unforced intimacy of an interior by the French painter Pierre Bonnard... As sensitive, small-group jazz goes, this is close to definitive."[7]

Track listing

All tracks except for "Shenandoah" were composed by Eliane Elias (1–3, 5, 7, 8, 10) and Marc Johnson (4, 6, 8–10).

  1. "Swept Away" – 6:18
  2. "It's Time" – 5:49
  3. "One Thousand and One Nights" – 8:18
  4. "When the Sun Comes Up" – 6:36
  5. "B Is for Butterfly" – 8:05
  6. "Midnight Blue" – 6:00
  7. "Moments" – 5:50
  8. "Sirens of Titan" – 5:55
  9. "Foujita" – 6:36
  10. "Inside Her Old Music Box" – 5:27
  11. "Shenandoah" – 4:35



  1. "Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias Swept Away". ECMrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-11-16.
  2. Fordham, John (3 January 2013). "Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias: Swept Away". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  3. Anderson, Rick. "Swept Away". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  4. McClenaghan, Dan (28 September 2012). "Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias: Swept Away". All About Jazz. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  5. Hobart, Mike (5 October 2012). "Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias: Swept Away". Financial Times. ft.com. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  6. Larkin, Cormac (October 12, 2012). "Marc Johnson/ Eliane Elias". The Irish Times. irishtimes.com. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  7. Johnson, Phil (7 October 2012). "Album: Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias, Swept Away (ECM)". The Independent. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
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