Tommy Smith & BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Modern Jacobite (2016) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Tommy Smith & BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Modern Jacobite (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 00:47:11 minutes | 535 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Tommy Smith, the great Scottish saxophonist, composer, bandleader and educator, studied classical orchestration in the 1990s, and has played in plenty of challenging jazz/classical settings. But Modern Jacobite is his most ambitious journey yet, centred on an intricately woven three-movement symphonic work inspired by the Jacobite uprisings; it is bookended by a rapturous tenor-sax improvisation on Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, and by Chick Corea’s famous Children’s Songs interleaved with Smith’s own Bairn’s Songs as personal variations on the same theme. The Jacobite pieces embrace violent, cinematic soundscapes for slewing brass and thundering percussion; deep cello themes that segue into pulsating tenor-sax ruminations; Scottish folk dances that become pipe-toned tenor jigs. There are seamless sprints into swing and fast-changing scene-shifts in which Smith’s sophisticated awareness of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s full potential testify to his long-honed musical class and attention to detail. Jazz/classical crossovers can be full of pitfalls, but this one is a triumph.

01. Vocalise
02. Jacobite – 1689
03. Jacobite – 1715
04. Jacobite – 1745
05. Bairn’s Sang Batch 1
06. Children’s Song No. 7
07. Improvisation 1
08. Children’s Song No. 7 (Continued)
09. Bairn’s Sang Batch 2
10. Children’s Song No. 3
11. Improvisation 2
12. Children’s Song No. 3 (Continued)
13. Children’s Song No. 17
14. Improvisation 3
15. Children’s Song No. 4
16. Improvisation 4
17. Children’s Song No. 18
18. Bairn’s Sang Lest