TOMMY SMITH TO VISIT DUNOON AND DCR97.4FM
Written by Archie Fergusson on 16/03/2013
World renowned Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith will visit Dunoon this Sunday to add his named to the list of famous musicians including Michael Marra and Joy Dunlop to perform at the still “work in progress” Burgh Hall.
Still in refurbishment what the Burgh Hall may lack in customer comforts it certainly does not lack a thing when it comes to bringing the big names to entertain folk here in Dunoon.
The jazz legend will be bringing his Jazz Quartet to feature his latest and incredibly his 24th solo album Karma.
Tommy will be popping into the Dunoon Community Radio Argyll Street Argyll Business Centre Studio to chat to Neil in a special programme to celebrate Tommy Smith’s visit to Dunoon
Tommy Smith’s new quartet includes pianist/keyboardist Steve Hamilton and drummer Alyn Cosker off his 2005Forbidden Fruit album,
New is Kevin Glasgow on six-string electric bass, and the lingua franca has become an amalgam of Scottish, Irish and Arab folk elements spiced with funk, fusion and heavy metal.
In lesser hands this could have been an exercise in multicultural retro-ish virtuosity, but the conceptual clarity binding these disparate ingredients together is Smith’s, whose tenor (he also plays soprano, shakuhachi and synth) is now the uniquely personal voice of a great player.
He shines in a superb band that takes the music’s odd metres, rhythm shifts, convoluted lines and uptempo unison playing with staggering aplomb and a visceral precision and imaginative interplay that sweeps all before it.