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  • "Mr Smith has achieved something fundamentally fabulous" Steve Davis SANDY BROWN JAZZ

  • "Such is the quality of Scotland’s premier orchestra that the collective contribution is never less than magnificent." Steve Davis BEBOP SPOKEN HERE

  • "Modern Jacobite is crammed with great music and it's a great achievement." Michael Clark THE MUSIC FLAG

  • Jazz CD of the week "An auspicious first release by Smith's own label." Dave Gelly OBSERVER

  • "This is beautiful, eclectic music from one of our foremost saxophonists." Geoff Burdett CRESCENDO & JAZZ MUSIC

  • "Everything Smith does is scrupulously shaped and finely balanced." Dave Gelly OBSERVER

  • "This album is a true "must" for every thinking jazz collector. We may never see its likes again!" Funky Notes ONLINE MAGAZINE

  • ★★★★★ "The whole recording brims with life-affirming virtuosity and wit." Jim Gilchrist SCOTSMAN

  • "Jensen exhibits a composer-like awareness of shape and narrative." John Fordham GUARDIAN

  • ★★★★★ "They hold themselves to the highest standards of musicianship and perform new music and classic charts with ingenuity and verve. I am a fan!" Kurt Elling

  • ★★★★★ The Irish Times ★★★★★ The Independent ★★★★★ The Herald"TOMMY Smith is not one to do things by half measures." Kenny Mathieson SCOTSMAN

  • ★★★★★ "Jazz – music of any genre – doesn't come any better than this." Mike Tucker JAZZ JOURNAL

  • ★★★★★ THE HERALD ★★★★★ THE SCOTSMAN ★★★★★ DAILY TELEGRAPH ★★★★★ JAZZ JOURNAL "Tommy Smith has turned his country's national jazz orchestra into a world-class outfit." John Fordham GUARDIAN

  • ★★★★★ "Great Depth And Manifold Pleasures" Peter Bacon BIRMINGHAM POST

  • "The standard of playing and the empathy between these two - who can play anything they can think, and who increasingly think of things other people don't - is subtly captivating." John Fordham GUARDIAN

  • ★★★★ "It's a classic. The saxophonist's blend of frailty and power puts him in the league of colossi such as Lester Young or Stan Getz.' John Fordham GUARDIAN

  • "Torah represents Smith's most exhilarating and relentlessly creative playing to date, couched in a sweeping series of compositions that position him as one of modern jazz's most intriguing and compelling large ensemble composers." ALLABOUTJAZZ

  • "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas murmurs like Ben Webster" John Fordham GUARDIAN

  • "Modern Jacobite is crammed with great music and it's a great achievement." Michael Clark THE MUSIC FLAG

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About Spartacus Records

SPARTACUS RECORDS was established in 2000 by Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith after he recorded a succession of solo records from 1983 through 1999 on Independents, Blue Note Records & Linn Records. His new label features many great musicians including Kurt Elling, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, David Liebman, Joe Locke, Bill Evans, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, John Taylor, John Patittuci, James Genus, Peter Washington, Billy Drummond, Brian Kellock, Ingrid Jensen, Bill Stewart, Steve Hamilton, Orlando Le Fleming, Sebastiaan De Krom, Gareth Williams, Alyn Cosker, Kevin Glasgow, Calum Gourlay, Pete Johnstone, Clarence Penn, and legendary poet Edwin Morgan.

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