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Azure

Tommy Smith

Azure

AKD 059 (Linn Records)
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1
The Gold Of The Azure

The Gold Of The Azure

Band Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums
Writer Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
3:51 Play $1.70
2
Escape Ladder

Escape Ladder

Band Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums
Writer Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
8:25 Play $3.40
3
Siesta

Siesta

Band Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums
Writer Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
7:01 Play $3.40
4
The Smile Of Flamboyant Wings

The Smile Of Flamboyant Wings

Band Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums
Writer Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
3:35 Play $1.70
5
Vowel Song

Vowel Song

Band Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums
Writer Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
6:43 Play $3.40
6
Constellation: The Morning Star

Constellation: The Morning Star

Band Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums
Writer Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
6:33 Play $3.40
7
The Calculation

The Calculation

Band Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums
Writer Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
5:07 Play $3.40
8
Dancer

Dancer

Band Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums
Writer Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
5:15 Play $3.40
9
Dialogue Of The Insects

Dialogue Of The Insects

Band Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums
Writer Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
5:22 Play $3.40
10
Blue I, II, III

Blue I, II, III

Band Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums
Writer Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
1:53 Play $1.70
Total Running Time 54 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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'World class' (The Stage).
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Tommy Smith - Saxophones
Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet & Flugel Horn
Lars Danielsson - Bass
Jon Christensen - Drums

Booklet notes:

Azure, Tommy Smith's fourth recording for Linn, both underlines and expands the commitment to a freshly conceived diversity of characterful composition and high quality improvisation already evident in the well-received Reminiscence, Misty Morning and No Time and Beasts of Scotland. Ranging from the courageous starkness (and variety) of the trio arrangements of Reminiscence to the richly atmospheric textures and harmonies of the sextet settings in Misty Morning and Beasts of Scotland, these recordings supplied ample evidence of Smith's burgeoning maturity as both player and composer.

Recorded with Kenny Wheeler, Lars Danielsson and Jon Christensen, three of today's finest musicians, and inspired by the work of one of this century's greatest Surrealists and creative spirits - the Catalan painter, graphic artist and sculptor Joan Miro (1893-1983) - Azure offers further compelling evidence of Smith's growing distinctiveness. From the opening, driving ostinato bars of the title track, where Danielsson's lovely rounded sound and rhythmic suppleness are immediately evident, to the brief, coda-like meditation that is Blue, the recording projects an intense yet subtly diversified rhythmic vitality. The music is no less distinguished by its distinctly poetic quality. Featuring a range of beautifully weighted contributions from all participants, Azure shapes song and space, mode and mood, tonality and time in ways which make it Smith's most remarkable - and rewarding - recording to date. Miro would have loved it.

Recording information:

Engineered by Calum Malcolm
Recorded October 10, 1995, Metropolis, London
Mixed 21 January 1997, Millennium Studios, Scotland
Produced by Tommy Smith

All Music Composed By Tommy Smith & Jon Christensen
Commissioned by The Arts Foundation/Barclays Private Banking Jazz Composition Fellowship

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