Posts Tagged ‘Tommy Smith’

Tommy Smith’s inadvertent radicalism

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Scots saxophonist Tommy Smith returns to his and some other jazz roots with his new album Karma as well as paradoxically making a perhaps inadvertently radical statement. He tours the music in Scotland in late June and later elsewhere (see below). (more…)

“Visceral precision and imaginative interplay”

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Karma,  Spartacus *****

Tommy Smith’s new quartet includes pianist/keyboardist Steve Hamilton and drummer Alyn Cosker off his 2005 Forbidden Fruit album, but this no less brilliant successor is very different. New is Kevin Glasgow on six-string electric bass, and the lingua franca has become an amalgam of Scottish, Irish and Arab folk elements spiced with funk, fusion and heavy metal. (more…)

‘Karma’ review in The Guardian (4 stars)

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Scottish saxophonist Smith, a teenage prodigy in the 80s, is nowadays one of the most widely respected of European jazz musicians – not just for his sax mastery, but for his influence on his homeland’s jazz culture through the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and its youth wing he founded and still runs. Smith can play the daylights out of full-on post-bop or explore north-Euro ambiance, but this is a hard-hitting fusion album – one that sounds pretty familiar at first, with its hammering backbeats (from the ferocious Alyn Cosker), slick unison choruses and Headhunters keyboard and bass guitar effects. But Smith is much too smart for the obvious, and this set for what he calls his “grunge band” turns out to be a rare splicing of rich-toned, pipe-like themes, fiercely guttural up-tempo tenor improv, Arabic and Irish music, tight grooving that suggests Weather Report or Chris Potter’s Underground band, and some haunting atmospherics from his shakuhachi bamboo flute. Smith’s compositions are way ahead of the usual slam-bang fusion forays, and the sombrely pensive Star (based on an Irish folk song) is a great sax-ballad performance.

read on The Guardian website

Tommy Smith’s Karma

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

In the photo I tried to capture one of those contempative, meditative Zen moments, with Tommy Smith crouching hidden next to the piano, musing as the band played on. I smiled as the thought came to me that perhaps he’s been overcome by thoughts of his own Karma. Looking around at the audience, that mood had communicated to them, people were still, transfixed, caught in their own inner thoughts. (more…)


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.