Tommy Smith’s electric (and electrifying) band Karma – Smith on saxophones, Steve Hamilton on keyboards, Kevin Glasgow on bass and Alyn Cosker on drums – is undertaking a short UK tour early next month.
Unfortunately there aren’t any Glasgow dates. The last time they were due to play here, at Stereo about this time this year, the concert had to be cancelled because one of the band was ill. I still haven’t managed to hear them live.
The nearest they get is playing the Tolbooth in Stirling on Saturday 3rd August. Before that, they’ve got gigs at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh on Thursday and Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline on Friday.
They then head up on to Aberdeen in the middle of next week before going on to play in Kendal and Shetland. After that, they’ve got a few days off before finishing the tour by leaping into Leicester on Thursday 20th.
Anyone who was at any of the recent SNJO plays Duke Ellington concerts will note a big difference between Smith’s dapper besuited appearance at those gigs and his garb in the Karma flyers. The musical difference is as marked as the sartorial one: Karma play high-energy jazz-rock fusion rather than big band swing. It’s a mark of Smith’s talents that he can carry off the two styles equally convincingly.