Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock are two of the UK’s leading jazz musicians. Their work separately constitutes many volumes of high class jazz experience: saxophonist Smith starting as teenage saxophonist with Gary Burton and going on through a career that includes recording for Blue Note, leading his own bands, founding and directing the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, and touring the world with Arild Andersen’s state of the art trio; Kellock as the master musician’s chosen accompanist and BBC Jazz Award-winning piano trio leader. And together they have recorded three acclaimed duo albums as well as creating the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s ecstatically received Rhapsody in Blue Live and In the Spirit of Duke albums.
In concert, as their rapturously received appearance at Rochester Jazz Festival 2014 in New York confirmed, they are the consummate jazz article: virtuoso musicians who make sublime music spontaneously for the audience, playing with passion, tenderness, soulfulness and humour and at all times practising the art of communication. As much a double act in their between-song banter as they are in musical conversation, they are seriously good players who play serious music and yet they entertain and share the obvious fun they derive from their partnership as musicians and friends.
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