Monday, July 24, 2017

Tommy Smith - Embodying the Light: A Dedication to John Coltrane (2017)

Marking the 50 the anniversary of John Coltrane’s death, this acoustic quartet-based album features compositions by, & inspired by, the legendary saxophonist it features Coltrane compositions including “naima”, “dear lord” & “resolution” & music associated with coltrane alongside smith compositions written in homage to coltrane. smith has been a presence on the world jazz scene since his teenage years. at the age of nineteen he was touring internationally with gary burton's whiz kids quintet & three years later he signed to the legendary jazz label blue note. he has since gone on to establish & direct the internationally acclaimed scottish national jazz orchestra & he regularly tours the world with norwegian bass master arild andersen's trio, widely regarded as one of the premier groups working in jazz today. on drums, we find herbie hancock’s astonishing drummer, sebastiaan de krom.

dear lord
embodying the light
the father, the son, and the holy ghost
embodying the darkness