Saxophonist Tommy Smith pays tribute to his greatest inspiration, jazz icon John Coltrane, with a great new band.
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About Tommy Smith Quartet: Embodying the Light
On February 2, Smith and his group will go into the studio to record his first acoustic quartet album since 2005. The album’s release will mark Smith’s 50th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the death of one of his greatest inspirations, John Coltrane.
The new group features Smith alongside one of the UK’s leading young piano talents, Peter Johnstone, a former Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year and winner, with the group Square One, of the 2015 Peter Whittingham Jazz Prize. Bassist Calum Gourlay is a young veteran of gigs with Kurt Elling, Dave Liebman and John Scofield, and Sebastiaan de Krom has been the drumming powerhouse behind Herbie Hancock, Jamie Cullum and Dave O’Higgins.
Smith has been a presence on the world jazz scene since his teenage years. At the age of nineteen he was touring internationally with Gary Burton’s Whiz Kids quintet and three years later he signed to the legendary jazz label Blue Note. He has since gone on to establish and direct the internationally acclaimed Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and he regularly tours the world with Norwegian bass master Arild Andersen’s trio, widely regarded as one of the premier groups working in jazz today.
“I have been around some powerful bandleaders in my time (eg Elvin Jones, Miles Davis, Chick Corea) and I can tell you that Tommy ranks up with the best as a leader/conductor as well as a player” – Dave Liebman
“The amazing Tommy Smith” – Randy Brecker
“Tommy Smith is a prince among jazz musicians” – Kurt Elling
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