Andersen, Smith, Vinaccia
The Lot, Edinburgh, Wed 3 Dec; RSAMD, Glasgow, Sat 6 Dec; Greyfriars Church, Lanark, Mon 7 Dec
Norwegian bass maestro Arild Andersen teams up with our own Tommy Smith and Italian drummer Paulo Vinaccia in a superbly creative trio that has its immediate origins in the rather unlikely location of Islay. Andersen was invited to write some material to play in a duet with Smith at the Islay Jazz Festival in 2005, and the present trio grew out of that very successful meeting.
The pair first played together back in the late 1980s, and the bassist acknowledges that a further collaboration with Tommy has long been in his mind. When the opportunity presented itself, he was quick to take the chance.
‘Tommy is a remarkable player, and he is very easy to communicate with, both on stage and off it. He has been high on my list of musicians I wanted to work with for many years, and the invitation to play with him in Islay was the start of this trio.’
Needless to say, that admiration is mutual, and the Italian drummer adds his own highly potent contribution to the mix. Anyone who caught the trio with Alyn Cosker deputising for Vinaccia at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival will not want to miss this return visit, and their superb Live At Belleville album – just out on ECM, and my jazz album of the year – only confirms that this is a must-see band. They also play at The Blue Lamp in Aberdeen (4 December).