November release for Tom Smith debut Gecko

Playing saxophone and bass clarinet Tom Smith makes his debut this autumn with a November album release titled Gecko for the Basho label. Smith (not to be confused with Scottish saxophonist Tommy) was a two-time finalist in the ferociously …

Published: 24 Sep 2020. Updated: 20 months.

Playing saxophone and bass clarinet Tom Smith makes his debut this autumn with a November album release titled Gecko for the Basho label. Smith (not to be confused with Scottish saxophonist Tommy) was a two-time finalist in the ferociously competitive BBC Young Jazz Musician contest and composes all the tracks on the album which was produced by Tim Garland. Chamber-jazz in flavour there is some beautiful playing here from Smith, a former student of the Royal Academy of Music, and his band of Jonny Mansfield on vibes and Will Barry on piano. Tracks include 'House in the Clouds' which you can listen to a live version of below. Basho say partly because of the pandemic Gecko will be the label's ''first digital only release'' and will be available via Bandcamp and online retailers.

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'Giant' from The Jazz Influencers: uncheesy big band sounds

From upcoming very uncheesy big band release The Jazz Influencers despite that overly neat album title, 'Giant' has an urgency about it, created a little by the Lalo Schifrin-like rhythmic undertow the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw generate …

Published: 24 Sep 2020. Updated: 20 months.

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From upcoming very uncheesy big band release The Jazz Influencers despite that overly neat album title, 'Giant' has an urgency about it, created a little by the Lalo Schifrin-like rhythmic undertow the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw generate that is pretty attractive.

The piece is written by pianist Gideon van Gelder and the album itself will be released next month. It looks like the orchestra will be playing live in Amsterdam to launch it which is good news in these difficult times.