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The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra cuts loose on 'Effervescence', a delightfully irrepressible set of tunes brimming with bravura and charm. Featuring outstanding arrangements of Chick Corea, Miles Davis and Jerome Kern, alongside selections from Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, Woody Herman and newcomer Sean Gibbs, it's a must for fans of spirited orchestral jazz.

It's been fourteen years since the inception of TSYJO, and in that time the orchestra has been a platform for some of the most exciting young jazz musicians in the UK. The present ensemble includes multiple award-winners and critically acclaimed individuals who have already won recognition and approval from fans, commentators and peers alike.

'Effervescence' is the third album from a young jazz orchestra that has grown considerably in strength, depth and ambition, and this studio recording naturally bubbles with their trademark energy and enthusiasm. Yet there is also self-assurance and audacity in the way that solos are taken by so many of these assertive young players.

There are strong measures of bravado, bite and kick under Tommy Smith's sure direction, but there are also infusions of eloquent expression, warmth, intimacy and feeling. All of these strengths combine to striking effect on Tam O' Shanter, an imaginative new composition from the pen of trumpeter/composer Sean Gibbs.

Elsewhere, the arranging skills of Ross and Jacob map the way through the minds of Corea, Davis and Kern, and point into spaces where instrumentalists may roam at leisure. These directions take the musicians into zones where the spirits of ancient Egypt and the icons of the jazz age dwell together on tunes like Davis' "Nefertiti" and Corea's "Bud Powell.


  1. Name
  2. Apple Hone
  3. The Way Things Look Tonight
  4. Blues March
  5. Humpty Dumpty
  6. Tam O' Shanter
  7. Nefertiti
  8. Things to Come
  9. Bud Powell
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