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Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Tommy Smith "Karma"

Tommy Smith "Karma"

Hailed on arrival by critics as the toughest and most creative group of his career, Tommy Smith’s KARMA sees the brilliant Scottish saxophonist lead a band of virtuosic musicians on a deeply grooving acid jazz adventure that draws on influences from around the world. (more…)

Peeping Tom

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Tommy Smith "Peeping Tom"featuring Tommy Smith (tenor sax, WX7 solo on 1), Jason Rebello (piano), Paul Stacey (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), Terje Gewelt (bass), Ian Froman (drums, cymbals)

  1. The New Road
  2. Follow Your Heart
  3. Merry Go Round
  4. Slip Of The Tongue
  5. Interval Time
  6. Simple Pleasures
  7. Peeping Tom
  8. Quiet Picnic
  9. Affairs, Please
  10. Harlequin
  11. Boats And Boxes
  12. Biting At The Apple
  13. Naked Air


Monday, August 30th, 2010

Tommy Smith "Paris"featuring Tommy Smith (tenor sax), Julian Argüelles (alto & soprano sax), Guy Barker (trumpet, monette), Mick Hutton (bass), Jason Rebello (piano), Jeremy Stacey (drums)

  1. Dischord
  2. True Sobriety
  3. Reflections
  4. Day Light
  5. Ping Pong
  6. Children Play
  7. Phraselogy
  8. Tear
  9. Birth
  10. Lost
  11. Fragments
  12. Occidentalism


Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Tommy Smith "Standards"featuring Tommy Smith (tenor sax), Niels Lan Doky (piano), Mick Hutton (bass), Ian Froman (drums, cymbals)

  1. Star Eyes
  2. Speak Low
  3. Sky Lark
  4. September Song
  5. Blacken Blue
  6. Mil Dew
  7. You’ve Changed
  8. My Secret Love
  9. Night And Day
  10. My Old Flame
  11. Julia
  12. Lover
  13. Dream Scapes
  14. Silent But Deadly


Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Tommy Smith "Reminiscence"feturing Tommy Smith (saxophone), Terje Gewelt (bass), Ian Froma

  1. Hope
  2. Memoir
  3. On The Ocean Floor
  4. Old Times
  5. Folk Song
  6. Emancipation Of Dissonance
  7. Day Dreams
  8. Ally
  9. Is Really This It
  10. Reminiscence


Gramophone — If there is a jazz dialect appropriate to Northern lands… then this sounds like it.

Misty Morning And No Time

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Tommy Smith "Misty Morning And No Time"featuring Tommy Smith (soprano & tenor saxophones), Guy Barker (trumpet & monette), Julian Arguelles (soprano & alto saxophones), Steve Hamilton (piano), Terje Gewelt (bass), Ian Froman (drums)

  1. Intrusion
  2. Estuary
  3. Incident
  4. Memorial
  5. The Root Of It
  6. You Went Away
  7. Dipper
  8. Rag & Bone
  9. Sounds Of The Day
  10. Country Dance
  11. Misty Morning & No Time
  12. Day Break
  13. Two Friends
  14. Trapped


The Times of London ***** — In his first release since the highly acclaimed Blue Note recording, Tommy Smith delivers an elegant album that successfully mixes gritty post bop excursions and semi-classical meditative pieces. Inspired by the poetry of Norman McCaig, Smith combines Nordic, Latin, and Scottish folk influenced into a compelling, dynamic, and highly enjoyable breakthrough album.


Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Tommy Smith "Azure"featuring Tommy Smith (Saxophones),  Kenny Wheeler (Trumpet & Flugel Horn), Lars Danielsson (Bass), Jon Christensen (Drums)

  1. Gold Of The Azure
  2. Escape Ladder
  3. Siesta
  4. Smile Of Flamboyant Wings
  5. Vowel Song
  6. Constellation The Morning Star
  7. Calculation
  8. Dancer
  9. Dialogue Of The Insects
  10. Blue (parts 1-3)

Beasts of Scotland

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Tommy Smith "Beasts of Scotland"featuring Tommy Smith (Tenor & Soprano Saxophones), Guy Barker (Trumpet, Flumpet, Flugel Horn), Andy Panayi (Flute & Alto Saxophone), Steve Hamilton (Piano & Synthesiser), Alec Dankworth (Bass), Tom Gordon (Drums & Percussion)

  1. Golden Eagle
  2. Salmon
  3. Midge
  4. Wolf
  5. Red Deer
  6. Gannet
  7. Conger Eel
  8. Spider
  9. Seal
  10. Wildcat

About the Music

Music by Tommy Smith
Commissioned by the Glasgow International Jazz Festival in association with the Scottish Arts Council

Poetry by Edwin Morgan
Commissioned by the Glasgow International Jazz Festival

Edwin Morgan
Edwin Morgan is one of Scotland’s leading poets today. He was born in Glasgow in 1920 and held the chair of Professor of English at Glasgow University until 1980 when he retired. His books include: Collected Poems (Carcanet, 1990; paperback, 1996); Cyrano de Bergerac (translation of Rostand’s play into Scots, 1992) and Sweeping Out of the Dark (Carcanet, 1994). He has also collaborated with various composers on opera librettos and his own poems have been set to music by (among others) Martin Dalby and Archie Fisher.


The Herald — The pairing of Tommy Smith’s compositional talents with Edwin Morgan’s poetry has produced a work that is, let’s not get all modest about this, absolutely wonderful.

Blue Smith

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Tommy Smith "Blue Smith"featuring Tommy Smith (tenor & soprano saxophone), James Genus (acoustic bass), John Scofield (guitar), Clarence Penn (drums)

  1. El Nino
  2. Hubba Hubba
  3. Rain Dance
  4. Dr Sco
  5. Touch Your Toes
  6. Amazing Grace
  7. Blacken’ Blue
  8. The Blues Blew Blue
  9. Eany Meany Miny Mo
  10. Miracle
  11. Dr Smith


The Herald — Smith dug into his long-aquired jazz resources to reveal yet further depths of authority, with the urge to stretch a tune to its limits tempered by a warmth of feeling and a bluesy sense of communication.

Such has been the often ephemeral nature of Tommy Smith’s many bands over the years that it’s almost inevitable that the group he assembled to promote his latest album, Blue Smith, contains, aside from the saxophonist himself, only one member of the group, bassist James Genus, which recorded it. The again, such are the circles Smith moves in these days that swooping pianist Dave Kikoski for guitarist John Scofield and switching drummers, Greg Hutchinson for Clarence Penn, meant no dilution of the album’s New York keenness in its transfer to the concert platform. True to the title, Blue Smith finds Smith exploring one of jazz’s most fundamental ingredients in a manner some distance removed from the Jan Garbarek-like austerity he has previously embraced. With his Big Apple-based rhythm section providing springy, elastic, and, in Kokoski’s case, sometimes urgently percussive impetus, Smith dug into his long-acquired jazz resources to reveal yet further depths of authority, with the urge to stretch a tune to its limits tempered by a warmth of feeling and a bluesy sense of communication. The Garbarek-styled Rain Dance, played on soprano to sparse accompaniment, provided a reminder of Smith’s European leanings and a contrasting bucolic interlude in an otherwise distictly urban session. With Hutchinson at his flexible, irresistable best, the quartet maintained a groovy momentum during pieces such as the skittish Dr Sco and the new Orleans boogaloo of Hubba Hubba. On disc these are fairly succinct but they lent themselves here to some prolonged, inventive examinations examinations, not least from Kikoski, an angular, awkard-looking presence on the piano stool but, as he’s proved over here before, a dynamic, stirring force on the keyboard.

HMV Choice — At the remarkably young (for a jazzer) age of 32, Scots saxophonist Tommy Smith unleashes his 15th album. Bluesmith’s retrospective feel is due to both his seizing on the blues for inspiration (though 12-bar fanatics beware: this is pure hardcore jazz), and e reunion with master guitarist John Scofield, who guested on Smith’s first Blue Note label release a decade ago. Smith’s looked back to leap forward, and these 11 challenging cuts suggest more to come.

The Sunday Post — Tommy Smith’s new CD Blue Smith is well up to his high standards, with great jazz inspired by the blues. It’s out now on Linn Records.

Rough Guide — Flourishing on his current label after a brief spell with Blue Note, Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith takes a break from his recent more concept-orientated approach to recording on this pleasingly informal yet utterly professional New York session. After his thorough-composed suites, collaborations with poets and ventures into smooth balladry and classical music, an album devoted to original blues – ringing the changes between funky shuffles, dreamy smooches, easy lopes and raunchy bustles – allows Smith the relax and stretch out in world-class company. His cultured, elegant sound blends well with John Scofield’s multi-textured guitar work, and the rich variety of the material makes this Smith’s most immediately appealing album for some time.

Sound Of Love

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Tommy Smith "Sound of Love"featuring Tommy Smith (tenor saxophone), Kenny Barron (piano), Peter Washington (bass), Billy Drummond (drums)

  1. Johnny Come Lately
  2. Star Crossed Lovers
  3. In a Sentimental Mood
  4. Flower Is a Lovesome Thing
  5. Chelsea Bridge
  6. Isfahan
  7. Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love
  8. Sophisticated Lady
  9. Passion Flower
  10. Solitude
  11. Prelude to a Kiss
  12. Cottontail