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The acclaimed Scottish National Jazz Orchestra creates a power surge at Avatar Studios with electrifying performances featuring some very special American guests. In June 2013, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra fulfilled a long-held ambition to cross the Atlantic and tour in the USA and Canada. How better to fill two free days than by inviting some friends over to record some tunes? The sessions at Avatar Studios brought together the brightest young minds in Scottish Jazz and some of the wisest heads in America today. The end result is power-packed contemporary jazz with fabulous featured artists feeding into the grid. Kurt Elling provides a smouldering vocal on The Sound of Love while SNJO director Tommy Smith is iridescent on 16-bars of lyrical tenor. Mike Stern plays some incendiary guitar on Splatch and Clarence Penn contributes combustible drumming on Pinocchio. With Joe Locke on superconductive vibes and Dave Kikoski on calibrated piano the former power station crackled to the positively charged blowing of Bill Evans, Donny McCaslin, Michael Dease, Randy Brecker and Joel Frahm. Listen out too for drummer Alyn Cosker's blistering soloing on Yes or No. Stand well back though for the swing of Pendulum as Dave Liebman, fired up by the extraordinary Cosker, pushes the readings off the scale and into the red zone as the American Adventure really heats up.
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Tommy Smith has put his fine tuned attention to detail and nose for what works to practice once more. Flipping brilliant!
Here's some more info abuot the soloists for those that are into this detail....I know I am!
① Splatch [feat. Mike Stern] [7:41]
Arranged by Fred Sturm, Composed by Marcus Miller
② Duke Ellington's Sound of Love [feat. Kurt Elling & Tommy Smith] [6:06]
Arranged by Tommy Smith, Composed by Charles Mingus
③ Yes or No [feat. Joe Locke & Alyn Cosker] [5:43]
Arranged by Fred Sturm, Composed by Wayne Shorter
④ Pendulum [feat. Donny McCaslin, David Kikoski & David Liebman] [10:29]
Arranged by Jim McNeely, Composed by Richie Beirach
⑤ Dear Lord [feat. David Kikoski & Randy Brecker] [12:33]
Arranged by Geoffrey Keezer, Composed by John Coltrane
⑥ Quartet No. 1 (part 2) [feat. Bill Evans & David Kikoski] [9:40]
Arranged by Tommy Smith, Composed by Chick Corea
⑦ Pinocchio [feat. Michael Dease, Joel Frahm & Clarence Penn] [6:58]
Arranged by Jacob Mann, Composed by Wayne Shorter