Posts Tagged ‘Spartacus Records’

Evolution

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Tommy Smith "Evolution"featuring Tommy Smith (tenor saxophone), Joe Lovano (tenor saxophone), John Scofield (guitar), John Taylor (piano), John Patittucci (bass), Bill Stewart (drums)

  1. Woodstock
  2. Easter Island
  3. Lisbon Earthquake
  4. Siege Of Leningrad
  5. Sputnik’s Tale
  6. On The Way To Barnard’s Star

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Symbiosis

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Tommy Smith "Symbiosis"featuring Brian Kellock (piano), Tommy Smith (saxophone)

  1. Without A Song
  2. Cherokee
  3. You’ve Changed
  4. Don’t Blame Me
  5. Moonlight In Vermont
  6. Manhattan
  7. Skylark
  8. Honeysuckle Rose
  9. Pure Imagination
  10. Bernie’s Tune
  11. You Must Believe In Spring

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Reviews

John Fordham (The Guardian) — A rematch for the Scottish saxophone-and-piano partnership of Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock, following their fine debut on a standards repertoire with Bezique. Once again, the themes are from the Broadway songbook, and once again the standard of playing and the empathy between these two – who can play anything they can think, and who increasingly think of things other people don’t – is subtly captivating.

Smith’s beautiful tenor tone on Without a Song is trancelike before the swing cranks up, while the usually headlong Cherokee is taken at a deliberately slow purr. You’ve Changed makes the tenor sound like Johnny Hodges’ fluting alto, and Kellock’s crystalline intro to Skylark is briefly exquisite. The wispy epilogue on Michel Legrand’s You Must Believe in Spring, meanwhile, turns on the saxophonist’s uncanny control of timbre.

Smith is now established as the Jan Garbarek of orthodox jazz, and this scintillating partnership – for those who reach for the off switch when standards surface – represents a respectful and creative definition of what it can still be in the 21st century.

Exploration

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Tommy Smith "Exploration" w/ the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, feat. Joe Lockewith the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra
featuring Rachael Cohen (alto, soprano saxophone), Adam Jackson (alto saxophone), Ben Bryden (tenor saxophone), Joseph Wright (tenor saxophone), John Fleming (tenor saxophone), Bill Fleming (baritone saxophone), Ryan Quigley (trumpet), Tom MacNiven (trumpet), Kim Macari (trumpet), Liam Heath (trumpet), Michael Campbell (trombone), Kieran McLeod (trombone), Patrick Kenny (trombone), Richard Foote (trombone), Michael Owers (bass trombone), Euan Fulton (piano), Alan Benzie (piano), Daniel Short (guitar), Michael Janisch (bass), Ross Whyte (drums)
and special guest Joe Locke (vibes)

  1. Hoe Down
  2. Chronometry
  3. Gentle Piece
  4. A Night In Tunisia
  5. Cottontail
  6. Now

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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.