Tommy Smith's Karma spring tour

Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith tours his critically acclaimed Karma this month, a band described in JJ as "near revolutionary in a critical climate in thrall to free improv, neo-classicism and indie-rock paraphrase"

Dates have been announced for saxophonist and composer Tommy Smith's Karma tour this March, with stop-offs including Colchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Tommy Smith was recently awarded an honorary degree by the University of Edinburgh, and has been called "one of the chief contenders for most beautiful saxophone sound in the world" by the Birmingham Post.

Karma, Smith's latest project, combines acid jazz with an international sound, including flavours of Indian, Arabian, Irish and Japanese music. Led by Smith on saxophone as well as Shakuhachi flute and synthesizer, the quartet is completed by Steve Hamilton on piano and keyboard, Kevin Glasgow on electric bass and Alyn Cosker on drums.

The band's album Karma (2011) is made up of 10 original compositions by Smith, with the four musicians creating a sound characterised by their quick and easy rapport with one another. A JJ review by Mark Gilbert commented that "Technique is to the fore, so those who think extreme competence signals insincerity might want to turn away now. Here, technique, creativity and no little sincerity are wedded to produce a stunning outcome."

Karma's tour begins on 15 March at Peebles' Eastgate Theatre, followed by Burgh Hall in Dunoon on 17 March, An Tobar arts centre in Tobermory on 19 March, Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Arts on 20 March, Dorking's Watermill Jazz Club on 21 March, Fleece Jazz at Colchester on 22 March, Edinburgh's Jazz Bar on 29 March, and New Galloway's Cat Strand on 30 March.

Find full tour details on Tommy Smith's website at

Sally Evans-Darby

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