Classical pianist Murray McLachlan enters entirely into the spirit of Smith’s art.
About the album
Released in 1998, Gymnopedie: The Classical Side of Tommy Smith, was recorded with his regular duo partner, classical pianist Murray McLachlan. The disc featured music by Satie, Bartok, Grieg and Chick Corea, and Smith’s Sonatas No. 1 “Hall of Mirrors” and No. 2 “Dreaming With Open Eyes”, based on Michael Tucker’s book of the same title.
Powerful yet lyrical works, they offer opportunities for improvisation and Smith employs a jazzman’s expressive tone to haunting and thrilling effect.
A confirmation of Tommy Smith’s remarkable gifts… a blend of the thoughtful, the feelingful and the decidedly adventurous.