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  • Audio CD (18 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Spartacus Records
  • ASIN: B000056P0H
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,368 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith has recorded 15 solo albums for Blue Note, Linn and Hep Records. His albums have featured Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, Eddie Gomez, Kenny Wheeler and Jon Christensen and have included over 60 original compositions, the music of Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn and a mix of classic jazz standards. He joined Gary Burton's Group at the age of 18 in 1985 and has been performing throughout the world ever since. Smith's 16th solo album 'Spartacus' was recorded in New York City at Clinton Studios in September 2000 direct to 2-track analog by the best engineer in the business, James Farber. This is purely a live in the studio recording with the warmth, beauty and excitement of the old analog sound which is extremely important to Smith's overall concept as record producer. Along with Smith's luscious saxophone sound, this recording features drummer Clarence Penn and bassist James Genus and the beautiful piano playing of Kenny Barron. Smith had enjoyed working with Kenny Barron so much on his Ellington ballads recording he was first choice for his first standards setting since this Blue Note release in 1991. The music is simply straight ahead swinging jazz featuring four delicious ballads and the memorable waltz "Emily". This enhanced CD also features a short movie including behind-the-scenes footage of the New York recording session. "Since Stan Getz died, Smith must be one of the chief contenders for the most beautiful saxophone sound in the world." - Birmingham Post "Smith comes across as a true star, inhabiting the sound of his saxophone in a way very few players anywhere in the world are capable of." - The Independent Personnel: Tommy Smith (tenor saxophone), Kenny Barron (piano), James Genus (bass), Clarence Penn (drums)

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Spartacus is not only the name of Tommy Smith's first album on his own label (he left Linn Records in 2000) but also the label name and title track. "Spartacus" and one other are original pieces, and both are in keeping with the record's standards-led approach. Smith concentrates on the tenor saxophone, accompanied by a Stateside trio of Kenny Barron (piano), James Genus (bass) and Clarence Penn (drums). This session was recorded at New York's Clinton Studios, laid down live, directly onto two-track analogue tape, in the old-fashioned way. It's ironic that Smith has chosen such a lush, traditional setting for his independent debut, rather than the more challenging areas covered by his extended conceptual suites on Linn like Misty Morning & No Time and Beasts of Scotland. Smith displays good taste throughout, his very precisely enunciated tenor phrases possessing a highly controlled vibrato, hovering like the ghost of Coleman Hawkins. The choice of tunes is fairly standard and Smith gives classic treatments to "I Want To Be Happy", "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "The Lady Is a Tramp". The mood is mostly very relaxed, and even when Smith's feathered lines get ruffled up, his honks remain civilised. The enhanced disc also includes a mini-documentary, shot during the studio sessions. --Martin Longley

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By A Customer on 10 July 2001
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Turn down the lights, pour yourself a drink and enjoy the brilliant jazz saxophone of Tommy Smith. This is late night stuff, smooth and relaxing, but without being a bland "moods" album. This is real jazz, but you don't have to be a jazz freak to enjoy it. A couple of the tracks are fairly challenging (give them time, you'll grow to like them!) but the rest will have you lying back and kicking off your shoes the very first time you listen. Everyone I play this CD to thinks it's brilliant. It is.
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a really good cd ...sounds good alongside my davis .coltrane and dizzy collection ..glad i discovered tommy smith ,he really sounds good
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