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Arild Andersen, Tommy Smith & Scottish National Jazz Ochestra

The double-bass of Arild Andersen, for more than four decades an integral part of the sound of ECM, is heard for the first time as the lead voice in large ensemble arrangements of music associated with the label, on an album recorded live at Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire. Under the direction of Tommy Smith, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, with Andersen as principal soloist, plays “May Dance” by Dave Holland, “Molde Canticle” by Jan Garbarek, “Crystal Silence” by Chick Corea, “Ulrikas Dans” by Trygve Seim, Arild’s’s own “Independency”, and “My Song” by Keith Jarrett. 

The project had its genesis in 2009 when ECM’s 40th anniversary inspired a number of tributes and festivals around the world. Tenorist Tommy Smith, who had been playing extensively with Arild in Andersen’s trio (see “Live At Belleville”), proposed a special event with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, the big band he had founded in 1995. The orchestra is renowned both for its own programmes and for themed collaborations with guests (recent instances including Gary Burton playing Wayne Shorter’s music with the SNJO, and John Scofield playing Electric Miles).

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