Tommy Smith - Gymnopedie - Burton Daily Mail
Thus jazz saxophonist Tommy Smith, along with leading classical concert pianist Murray McLachlan, are superb on Smith's first classical album, Gymnopedie (Linn Records CD).
The title track is one of three haunting compositions from Erik Satie. There are two from Bela Bartok, who himself was inspired by the folk music of Eastern Europe, two from Edward Greig and two from Chick Corea.
This CD will be remembered however for the two sonatas written by Smith himself for sax and piano. Each is of four movements, and a wide range of moods and emotions is con jured up by these two remarkable musicians.
These two works, Hall of Mirrors and Dreaming with Open Eyes, deserve the full attention of classical buffs.