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Tommy Smith, Gary Husband

Claire Martin talks to saxophonist and composer Tommy Smith about his re-working of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, which has been re-arranged for his Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, assembled for this recording. It was written to feature leading Scottish pianist Brian Kellock, who played the original Gershwin piece as a music student in Edinburgh in 1981. Familiar themes, including the iconic clarinet glissando and Gershwin's heart-breaking nostalgic refrain, have been used.

Plus previously un-broadcast material from Gary Husband's band Drive, recorded exclusively for the programme.

Playlist:

Title: The End Is Also the Beginning
Artist: Huw Warren, Peter Herbert, Martin France
Album: Hermoto +
Label: Basho SRCD 30-2
Track: 1
Comp: Huw Warren
Publ: prs/mcps
Dur: 1m36s

Title: Cowbois and Shepherds
Artist: Huw Warren, Peter Herbert, Martin France
Album: Hermoto +
Label: Basho SRCD 30-2
Track: 1
Comp: Huw Warren
Publ: prs/mcps
Dur: 1m36s

Title: Coupe De Ville
Artist: Mike Stern
Album: Big Neighborhood
Label: Heads Up HUCD 3157
Track: 1
Comp: Mike Stern
Publ: Little Shoes Music (ASCAP)
Dur: 4m32s

Title: Rhapsody in Blue
Artist: Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith, Brian Kellock
Album: Rhapsody in Blue - Live
Label: Spartacus Records STS 013
Track: 1
Comp: George Gershwin, arr Tommy Smith
Publ: Spartacus Records
Dur: 6m26s

Title: Dream Horse
Artist: Tommy Smith, Arild Andersen, Paolo Vinaccia
Album: Live at Belleville
Label: ECM ECM 2078
Track: 7
Comp: Arild Andersen
Publ: PRS/Copyright Control
Dur: 7m47s

Title: Sophisticated Lady
Artist: Tommy Smith, Kenny Barron, Peter Washington, Billy Drummond
Album: The Sound of Love
Label: Linn 138
Track: 8
Comp: Duke Ellington
Publ: Linn
Dur: 3m14s

Title: It Amazes Me
Artist: Curtis Stigers
Album: I Think It's Going To Rain Today
Label: Concord Jazz CCD 2275-2
Track: 11
Comp: Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh
Publ: Carwin Music, Inc./Notable Music Co In./WB Music Corp/ASCAP
Dur: 5m23s

BBC recording, made at the Warehouse, London on June 2, 2009
Title: The Agony of Ambiguity
Artist: Gary Husband, Michael Janisch, Julian Siegel, Richard Turner
Comp: Gary Husband
Dur: 6m50s

BBC recording, made at the Warehouse, London on June 2, 2009
Title: 10/4
Artist: Gary Husband, Michael Janisch, Julian Siegel, Richard Turner
Comp: Gary Husband
Dur: 6m50s

Title: Toccata
Artist: Julian and Roman Wasserfuhr, Lars Dalielsson, Anders Kjellberg, Magnus Lindgren, Nils Landgren
Album: Upgraded in Gothenburg
Label: ACT Company ACT 9488-2
Track: 13
Comp: Lalo Schifrin
Publ: ACT Music
Dur: 4m45s

Title: Easy to Love
Artist: Stan Kenton Band
Album: Sophisticated Approach
Label: Capitol Jazz - 0946 3 56310 2 9
Track: 10
Comp: Cole Porter
Publ: Capitol records /EMI
Dur: 2m53s.

Release date:

1 hour, 15 minutes

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