Posts Tagged ‘SNJO’

Miles Ahead

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Tommy Smith with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra "Miles Ahead"width the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
featuring
Belinda Gough (flute & alto flute), Mhairi Milne (clarinet), Michael Huntriss, Allon Beauvoisin (bass clarinet), Allon Beauvoisin (bass clarinet), Laura Macdonald (alto saxophone), Eddie Severn (trumpet), Hedley Benson (trumpet), Tom MacNiven (trumpet), Nigel Boddice (trumpet), Colin Steele (trumpet), Charles Floyd (french horns), Paul Klein (french horns), Chris Greive (trombones), Mark Boyd (trombones), Ronnie MacNiven (trombones), Lorna McDonald (bass trombone), Andy McKreal (tuba), Orlando Le Flemming (bass), John Rae (drums)
and special guest Ingrid Jensen (trumpet & flugelhorn)

Tommy Smith (conductor)

  1. Springsville
  2. The Maids Of Cadiz
  3. The Duke
  4. My Ship
  5. Miles Ahead
  6. Blues For Pablo
  7. New Rhumba
  8. The Meaning Of The Blues
  9. Lament
  10. I Don’t Want To Be Kissed

Rhapsody In Blue

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Tommy Smith with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra "Rhapsody In Blue"with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
featuring Martin Kershaw (Clarinet, alto sax), Paul Towndrow (Alto sax), Tommy Smith (Tenor Sax), Konrad Wiszniewski (Tenor sax), Bill Fleming (Baritone sax), Ryan Quigley (Trumpet), Paul Newton (Trumpet), Tom MacNiven (Trumpet), Linsey McDonald (Trumpet), Chris Greive (Trombones), Michael Campbell (Trombones), Michael Owers (Trombones), Lorna McDonald (Bass trombone), Graeme Scott (Guitar), Brian Kellock (Piano), Calum Gourlay (Acoustic bass), Alyn Cosker (Drums)

  1. Rhapsody in Blue

About the Music

Re-orchestrated by SNJO director, saxophonist Tommy Smith, this Rhapsody in Blue of the twenty-first century was written to feature Scotland’s world-class jazz pianist Brian Kellock, who played the original Rhapsody as a music student in Edinburgh in 1981.

Familiar themes, including the iconic clarinet glissando and Gershwin’s heartbreaking nostalgic refrain, have been used – respectfully – as source material and reworked into a fifty-two minute epic that flows through exciting up-tempo movements, rhapsodic blues passages, a sensational Cuban fantasia and hard swinging jazz choruses, showcasing SNJO’s magnificent ensemble playing and top class, creative soloing.

The piece was premiered at Edinburgh Jazz Festival 2006, going on to further acclaim at London Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival and in concerts throughout the UK, and the CD will be launched officially at a special Glasgow Jazz Festival performance at the Old Fruitmarket on Sunday, June 28.

Torah

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Tommy Smith "Torah"with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

  1. Genesis
  2. Exodus
  3. Leviticus
  4. Numbers
  5. Deuteronomy

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Reviews:

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