Is there a more immediately recognizable voice in jazz bass than Steve Swallow? His tone is rich and deep, with a bouncy rubber-band attack and earthy warmth— the ideal vehicle for his unerringly melodic, swinging ideas. This setting—with the genre-hopping New York Downtowner Jamie Saft on keyboards and Bobby Previte, a drummer of uncommon musical breadth—is a pitch-perfect display of Swallow’s special gift for providing a tune with exactly what it needs, when it needs it. Ranging from mildly tweaked straight-ahead to churchy shuffles, The New Standard is one of the more beguiling trio records in recent memory. It’s steeped in the familiar, but the record’s heavily improvised soul (apparently the band tracked the record in three hours) creates abundant opportunity for genuine surprise.