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Tommy Smith

Whispering of the Stars

Two of Scotland’s greatest jazz artists, saxophonist Tommy Smith and pianist Brian Kellock, team up to bring you a beautiful and imaginative duo. Not surprisingly, the press has applauded them with phrases such as ‘bewitching layers of delicacy’, ‘full flight’, ‘spontaneous invention’, and ‘sheer artistry’. 


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① You Must Believe In Spring [Michel Legrand & Jacque Demy] 4:16
② Stardust [Hoagy Carmichael] 4:50
③ It Could Happen To You [Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen] 5:28
④ Ballad Medley 8:52

In A Sentimental Mood [Duke Ellington] The Peacocks [Jimmy Rowles] Sophisticated Lady [Duke Ellington] A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing [Billy Strayhorn] Moonlight In Vermont [John Blackburn & Karl Suessdorf] Pure Imagination [Leslie Bricusse] Somewhere Over The Rainbow [Harold Arlen] Come Sunday [Duke Ellington] Round Midnight [Thelonious Monk] You Without A Song [Vincent Youmans] Alfie [Burt Bacharach]

⑤ Taking A Chance On Love [Vernon Duke] 4:37
⑥ Warm Valley [Duke Ellington] 5:14
⑦ The Summer Knows [Michel Legrand] 2:34
⑧ Moonlight Serenade [Glenn Miller] 4:41
⑨ When You Wish Upon A Star [Leigh Harline] 2:37
⑩ You’ve Changed [Carl Fischer & Bill Carey] 5:12
⑪ I’m In The Mood For Love [Jimmy McHugh] 1:16
⑫ I Apologise [Al Hoffman, Al Goodhart & Ed Nelson] 5:08

Recorded August 2013 Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Engineer Bob Whitney
Mixed & Mastered Rainbow Studios, Norway
Engineer Jan Erik Kongshaug
Photography Derek Clark
Cover Art Moy Mackay
Designed and produced Tommy Smith

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The association with the BBC orchestra is both refreshing and a highly original piece of work. A. D. K. Ogston

Great music. HUGE sound from the BBC SSO on Smith’s own symphonic work, the rather epic ‘Jacobite’. Steve Conlon

Enthralled! Ricky Kej

Really out of this world! Dominic D’Cruz

Smith’s sophisticated awareness of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s full potential testify to his long-honed musical class and attention to detail. Jazz-classical crossovers can be full of pitfalls, but this one is a triumph.
Guardian, John Fordham

The strength of Tommy Smith’s epic ‘Jacobite’ suite, certainly has the potential to last beyond Smith’s lifetime.
Jazzwise, Stuart Nicholson

There will be few better tenor saxophone records this year.
In fact there will be few better jazz records this year.
Probably no better ‘classical’ records this year.
Truth is, there will be few better records this year.

Bebop Spoken Here, Lance

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra sound impressive throughout this record, at ease with the material and comfortable with the improvised sections. All round, an impressive performance.
London Jazz New, Patrick Hadfield