Spartacus | 2010
with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
Chris Parker (Vortex Jazz) — Written by Tommy Smith in 1999, with Joe Lovano in mind (and performed by the great US saxophonist, with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, during a weekend of concerts in Scotland in February 2000), Torah is a five-part suite inspired by the Pentateuch, a portion of the Bible that informs the foundation myths of all three major monotheistic world religions.
A rewarding and ultimately uplifting hour’s music
Keith Bruce (The Herald) — The busiest man in Scottish jazz grabs the solo part on his big band album.
Tommy Smith takes a spiritual journey with Torah
When God Created The Coffee Break – Blog — A “jazz suite” based on the first five books of the Torah/Old Testament (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) which form a common bond between Christianity, Judaism and Islam – it’s an adventurous task.
“Torah” – a strange thing for an atheist to say – but I love it