In association with Jazz at the Blue Lamp
Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock are Scotland’s foremost jazz musicians and comprise one of the jazz world’s leading miniature orchestras.
Individually Smith and Kellock have outstanding musical pedigrees. Smith toured the world with jazz legend Gary Burton at the age of eighteen, going on to record for the definitive jazz label, Blue Note, work with myriad jazz greats including Chick Corea and Jaco Pastorius and found and direct the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra from 1995 to the present. His compositions and soloist work extend to the symphonic arena and in addition to his duo with Kellock he tours and records with Norwegian double bass master Arild Anderson’s trio, which features on the prestigious ECM Records and is widely regarded as one of the leading groups working in jazz today.
Kellock emerged as a vital keyboard talent with blues singer Tam White’s Dexters and as the pianist in the defining group of Scottish jazz in the late 1980s, the John Rae Collective, before forming his own award-winning trio. Over the past twenty-five years he has become the pianist of choice for a veritable phone bookful of top jazz talent, with saxophonists Stanley Turrentine, Scott Hamilton, Spike Robinson and Charlie Rouse and singers Sheila Jordan and Carol Kidd among those who have called on his encyclopaedic accompaniment gifts. He has also made the duo format a particular specialism, working with American west coast hero Herb Geller, former Ellington bandsman Joe Temperley and leading British singer Liane Carroll as well as with Tommy Smith.
“A sense of gentle nocturnal joy.” Financial Times, Mike Hobart
“No matter how adventurous their ideas, they never quite lose sight of the familiar melodies.” ★★★★ The Observer, Dave Gelly
“The two men thumb their noses at the jazz police by resurrecting Glenn Miller’s Moonlight Serenade.” The Sunday Times, Clive Davis
“They reach new heights of delicacy on this selection of ballads. From Stardust to Moonlight Serenade and from Michel Legrand to Duke Ellington it’s a joy all the way through.” Northern Echo, Peter Bevan
“Masterfully played standards.” ★★★★ York Press, Ron Burnet
“Smith plays across a broader spectrum of styles and genres in other contexts, his tenor saxophone sounds classically gorgeous here, beautifully burnished and warmly expressive in the mould of the greatest ballad interpreters.” ★★★★ The Scotsman, Kenny Mathieson