Monday 23rd October 2017
£20.00 - £40.00
TOMMY SMITH tenor sax, PETE JOHNSTONE piano, CALUM GOURLAY bass, SEBASTIAAN de KROM drums
John Coltrane was an American saxophonist born in 1926 and who tragically died of cancer in July 1967, almost exactly fifty years ago. His influence on saxophonists and ultimately jazz itself was Arguably greater than that of his own idol, Charlie Parker. There is often strong feeling that, after Coltrane's untimely death, jazz spread sideways rather than continuing the forward momentum initiated by Coltrane himself, diluted by the advent of rock, pop and eventually fusion. However, Coltrane's influence often seems every bit as forceful today as it was in the late 1960s. If evidence were required to support this contention, witness
the upcoming release on 17 July (the 50th anniversary of Coltrane's death) of the Tommy Smith Quartet's 'Embodyingthe Light - A Dedication to John Coltrane'. Recorded over a single day in April of this year, Smith is accompanied by drummer Sebastiaan de Krom, and Scots musicians, bassist Calum Gourlay and pianist Pete Johnstone, who collectively have produced quite possibly the finest jazz recording of the decade, bar none.
Consisting of five interpretations of Coltrane originals, along with a surprising and stunning rendition of Gershwin's 'Summertime', Smith has interspersed three of his own original compositions.
"Unselfconscious honesty, emotional and spiritual. In this powerful homage, Smith succeeds in showing us the way." Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise
***** “The elegant homage is an outstanding achievement in its own right.” Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman
“Absolutely top drawer: fluid, articulate, commanding and constantly surprising.” Keith Bruce, The Herald
"Smith’s eloquence on a saxophone is all his own.” John Fordham, The Guardian
“The finest jazz recording of the decade, bar none. Truly wonderful.” Brian Palmer, Ileach
"Smith has managed to convey the special force and character of Coltrane's music." Michael Tucker, Jazz Journal
"Smith really is a modern master of the tenor sax." Mark McKergow, London Jazz News
“Grace, Passion & Conviction.” Jazz Views
“He is to Scottish Jazz what Robbie Burns was to Scottish Poetry.” Bebop Spoken Here
“Mr Smith has achieved something fundamentally fabulous.” Steve Day, Sandy Brown Jazz
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Marco Panascia - bass, Matteo Prefumo/Hannes Riepler - guitar, Enzo Zirilli/Pedro Segundo - drums
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