Tommy Smith - Blue Smith - HMV Choice

At the remarkably young (for a jazzer) age of 32, Scots saxophonist Tommy Smith unleashes his 15th album. Bluesmith's retrospective feel is due to both his seizing on the blues for inspiration (though 12-bar fanatics beware: this is pure hardcore jazz), and e reunion with master guitarist John Scofield, who guested on Smith's first Blue Note label release a decade ago. Smith's looked back to leap forward, and these 11 challenging cuts suggest more to come.

HMV Choice
01 August 1999