About the album CreditsDesign – Sascha KleisDouble Bass – Arild AndersenDrums – Paolo VinacciaEngineer [Recording (ORF)] – Alois HummerMixed By [Mixing], Mastered By [Mastering] – Arild Andersen, Jan Erik KongshaugMusic By – Arild AndersenPhotography By [Cover Photo] – Jan KrickePhotography By [Liner Photos] – Derek Clark (5)Producer [Recording Producer (ORF)] – Michael RadanovicsTenor Saxophone – Tommy Smith NotesConcert recording by ORF, September 29, 2016at Jazzfreunde Bad Ischl (PKS Villa Rothstein), AustriaAN ORF recording (Radio Österreich 1) […]
About the album Leading European jazz saxophonist, composer and educator Tommy Smith boldly breaks new ground with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on ‘Modern Jacobite’, an exceptional recording featuring his symphonic work “Jacobite”, alongside personal re-imaginings of Rachmaninoff and Chick Corea. The centrepiece of this striking album is an evocative painting in music, ‘Jacobite’. Tommy […]
About the album Credits Design [Cover Design] – Sascha Kleis Double Bass, Electronics – Arild Andersen Drums – Paolo Vinaccia Engineer – Jan Erik Kongshaug Photography By [Liner Photos] – Roar Vestad Producer [Produced By] – Manfred Eicher Tenor Saxophone, Shakuhachi – Tommy Smith Notes Recorded December 2012 Rainbow Studio Oslo Made By – EDC, Germany – 53367366 Recorded At – Rainbow Studio An ECM Production ℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH / © 2013 ECM […]
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).
About the album Tommy Smith’s 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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
About the album Tommy Smith leads one of Europe’s leading jazz orchestras in a personal and spiritual journey of discovery. Featuring the cream of Scotland’s thriving jazz scene, Torah is orchestral jazz at its most powerfully expressive. Originally written by Smith in 1999, for American saxophone giant Joe Lovano, the 2010 Torah recordings feature the […]