Azure

Azure

Artist
Azure
Label(s)
Genre(s)
Jazz
Code
AKD 059
  • The Gold Of The Azure
    Composer(s) Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
    Artist(s) Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums

    The Gold Of The Azure

    03:51
    $1.70
  • Escape Ladder
    Composer(s) Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
    Artist(s) Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums

    Escape Ladder

    08:25
    $3.40
  • Siesta
    Composer(s) Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
    Artist(s) Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums

    Siesta

    07:01
    $3.40
  • The Smile Of Flamboyant Wings
    Composer(s) Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
    Artist(s) Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums

    The Smile Of Flamboyant Wings

    03:35
    $1.70
  • Vowel Song
    Composer(s) Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
    Artist(s) Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums

    Vowel Song

    06:43
    $3.40
  • Constellation: The Morning Star
    Composer(s) Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
    Artist(s) Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums

    Constellation: The Morning Star

    06:33
    $3.40
  • The Calculation
    Composer(s) Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
    Artist(s) Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums

    The Calculation

    05:07
    $3.40
  • Dancer
    Composer(s) Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
    Artist(s) Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums

    Dancer

    05:15
    $3.40
  • Dialogue Of The Insects
    Composer(s) Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
    Artist(s) Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums

    Dialogue Of The Insects

    05:22
    $3.40
  • Blue I, II, III
    Composer(s) Tommy Smith /Jon Christensen
    Artist(s) Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Lars Danielsson - Bass, Jon Christensen - Drums

    Blue I, II, III

    01:53
    $1.70

Total running time: 53 minutes.

Album information

Joan Miro-inspired material composed by Tommy Smith and Jon Christensen.

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.