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Rob Adams writes:
In an imaginative and admirably proactive venture, saxophonist Matt Carmichael has compiled a Spotify playlist of mostly current music from a Scottish jazz scene that is brimming with talent. The playlist features the likes of Tommy Smith, Corrie Dick, Andrew Bain, Helena Kay, Fergus McCreadie, Graham Costello’s Strata, Georgia Cecile….
Matt Carmichael himself is one of the brightest stars, of whom Tommy Smith has said, ‘he’s better than I was at his age.’
Scotland has produced many great jazz players – citing George Chisholm, Tommy McQuater, Annie Ross, Carol Kidd, Bobby Wellins, Jimmy Deuchar, Joe Temperley (featured in the list), Tommy Whittle, Jim Mullen, and Tommy Smith only scratches the surface – and there are examples in Matt’s playlist who will surely create a generation or two a par with those in whose footsteps they’re following.