Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra - Emergence (3 stars)

Ensemble playing and the soloing achieves a very high standard

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Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra - Emergence

(Spartacus Records)

Tommy Smith set up (and funded) this orchestra to encourage the cream of Scotland’s emerging jazz talent to flourish, and it is clearly working. There are only occasional passages on this fine recording where you might guess that you were listening to a youth band rather than a fully fledged professional outfit. Both the ensemble playing and the soloing achieves a very high standard, aided by an imaginative repertoire gleaned from the now extensive resources of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (which Smith also directs), ranging from Ellington and Basie to Steely Dan and Astor Piazzolla.

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