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Tommy Smith


Tommy Smith soprano & tenor saxophone
John Scofield guitar
James Genus
 acoustic bass
Clarence Penn drums

Recorded 21 January 1999 Avatar Studios, New York City, USA
Mixing Engineer Joe Ferla

Recorded in New York, Blue Smith is perhaps Smith’s strongest album to date and features creative hardcore jazz inspired by the Blues in its many forms. Ten strong and original tracks by Tommy Smith surround a soulful arrangement of Amazing Grace.

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  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

All compositions by Tommy Smith
Published by Smythe Music Productions MCPS & PRS 1999, 1991
Except ‘Amazing Grace’ [traditional]
Recorded 21 January 1999 Avatar Studios, New York City, USA
Mixing Engineer Joe Ferla
Assistant Engineer Rory Romano
Recorded direct to analog tape, no bass direct input
Produced by Tommy Smith
Mastered at Finesplice by Ben Turner
Tommy Smith plays and recommends
Roberto Romeo Saxophone Reeds and Yanagiswa SC900 Soprano Saxophones
Design concept, art direction & photo-manipulation by John Haxby
Original outer cover photographs by Rebecca Marr


  • El Nino -
  • Hubba Bubba -
  • Rain Dance -
  • Dr. Sco -
  • Touch Your Toes -
  • Amazing Grace -
  • Blacken Blue -
  • The Blues Blew Blue -
  • Many Meany Many Mo -
  • Miracle -
  • Dr. Smith -
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‘…a wonderful cast…’
Radio Dreyeckland Freiburg, Jazz Matinee
‘Soundstaging is excellent in this direct-to-two-track recording.’
Audiophile Audition
‘If there is a jazz dialect appropriate to northern lands, Scotland and Norway in this case, then this sounds like it.’
‘A confirmation of Tommy Smith’s remarkable gifts.’
Crescendo and Jazz Magazine
‘Powerful yet lyrical works, they offer opportunities for improvisation and Smith employs a jazzman’s expressive tone to haunting and thrilling effect.’
Inverness Courier
‘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.’
The Herald
‘His cultured, elegant sound blends well with John Scofield’s multi-textured guitar work.’
Rough Guide
‘Jazz saxophonist Tommy Smith, along with leading classical concert pianist Murray McLachlan, are superb on Smith’s first classical album.’
Burton Daily Mail