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Step By Step Import

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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000008CAC
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DVDER on 13 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
Tommy Smith came to fame as a precocious young talent in Gary Burton's band, where I first had the opportunity to hear him play. It was not long after this that he released his debut album, Step By Step, on Blue Note, no less; high praise from the Jazz label indeed.

For those of you wanting a short cut to "what's it like?", many have compared the early Smith's style to a strange mix of Michael Brecker and Jan Garbarek, and such comparisons are understandable. However, they miss the point.

This album sees Smith produced by Burton and matched with a veritable A-Team of Jazz: Jack De Johnette on drums; John Scofield on guitar; Mitch Forman on piano and keyboards; Eddie Gomez on bass. And it is this team that has an equally powerful influence on the all-original set of compositions.

"Ally The Wallygator" kicks off the set with a mood somewhere between Brecker's "Sea Glass" and Garbarek, a serene lilting, ascetic tenor line over a hypnotic bass line and synth pads, that slowly builds. "Step By Step", "Pillow Talk" and "Springtime" are more straight ahead jazz pieces in the Brecker vein, the latter two featuring some outstanding ensemble work and solos, especially from Scofield. Smith's solos show great invention, but also a confidence and almost restraint that is rare. The last two tracks on the CD version, "Freetime" and "Ever Never Land" provide a bit more wilder experimental music, the former having a feel of "Brecker plays Coltrane", and the latter a solid, somewhat wilder acoustic quartet workout.

However, there are two unique pieces here too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 1980s Jazz 26 Sept. 2012
By David Lindsay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I just had to respond to the only other review which gave this album one star, I like this album. Tommy Smith is a Scottish saxophonist who attended the Berklee College in Boston. At eighteen, on the recommendation of Chick Corea, he joined Gary Burton's group, alongside bassist Steve Swallow, pianist Makoto Ozone and drummer Adam Nussbaum and stayed for 18 months. Gary Burton said that "Tommy Smith, is the most talented tenor sax star to arrive on the world scene in years."

In 1989, Smith, still only twenty-two, signed to Blue Note Records and recorded Step by Step. The album was produced by Gary Burton, and featured a band composed of John Scofield (guitar), Eddie Gomez (Bass), Mitchel Forman (keyboards) and Jack DeJohnette (drums). Both Scofield and DeJohnette had played with Miles Davis, while Gomez spent a total of eleven years with the Bill Evans Trio. Forman had played with John McLaughlin, Wayne Shorter and Pat Metheny. Everybody in the band was a top notch musician.

The first track on the album, Ally the Walligator, is a particular favorite of mine. There is a real influence of Jan Garbarek on this album. Tommy Smith wrote all the music. John Scofield has said that "Tommy is an incredible writer and a great, great player." Last year the Guardian wrote that "Smith, a teenage prodigy in the 80s, is nowadays one of the most widely respected of European jazz musicians." The Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz awarded this album 4 stars (out of 5).
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Stay away from this one!! 26 April 2006
By BebopBoomer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Smith himself received such rapturous praise in the (on the whole,very good)Penguin Guide (sixth edition) that I thought I'd give this one a try. I should have paid more attention to two little facts:1)they didn't mention this particular recording at all;2)lotsa copies were available dirt cheap on Amazon Marketplace.

To make a short story even shorter: this is an album of absolutely unrelieved triteness and tediousness.As to musical content,it fails to reach the Kenny G/David Sanborn level; you could probably find two or three kids who could produce this sort of pap at any urban high school. As far as the quality of the recording/production goes,it sounds as though the rhthym section is placed closest to the listener at one end of an airplane hangar,with Smith noodling away at the other end. For all I know,Smith is as good as they say and this swill was somehow imposed on him by the suits at Capitol or some trusted but deeply misguided career advisor.Perhaps his other CDs justify the Guide's truly extravagant praise. This particular one,however, is a stench in the nostrils of jazz.If a rating lower than one star were available,it would deserve it.
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