Jasmine Lovell-Smith's Towering Poppies

Fortune Songs

The debut album from New Zealand saxophonist/composer Jasmine Lovell-Smith and her Brooklyn based quintet, Towering Poppies. Released on August 14, 2012.

Personnel: 
Jasmine Lovell-Smith - soprano saxophone 
Russell Moore - trumpet 
Cat Toren - piano 
Patrick Reid - bass 
Kate Pittman - drums 

Press:

"Honest, intelligent chamber jazz, stark in its minimalism, gentle in its dissonance, firm in its lyricism." - JazzTimes, November 2012

 

"If I had to describe Lovell-Smith’s playing in one word, it would be lyrical. She lives in a space that most of us only visit occasionally." Sam Newsome, 2015

   

"an auspicious debut...[Lovell Smith's] exquisite musicianship parallels an intrepid spirit" - Jazziz, Winter 2012

   

“a superb debut" - All About Jazz.com

   

“an outstanding collection of original jazz compositions..." - Utne Reader

   

"[A recording that will] challenge and inspire most ardent jazz fans." 

- NZ Musician Magazine

   

"arrestingly wry and lyrical...a distinctive new voice on the soprano saxophone" -The New York City Jazz Record

   

"[an] impressive introduction...Tantalizing melodies, a deft use of dramatic tension, and tunes that nicely straddle the divide between new- and old-school jazz." - eMusic

 

"...dynamite debut..." - Stephen Graham, Jazzwise/Freelance (UK)

   

"...enchanting lyricism atop organic compositions..." - Bird is the Worm

   

"[Lovell-Smith] writes constrained but quite delightful tunes." - Graham Reid, Elsewhere (NZ)

   

"The music [Lovell-Smith] and the band make is often quiet in volume but intense in its emotional content" - Step Tempest

   

Read an interview with Jasmine on Sam Newsome's SopranoSaxTalk blog

   

Read an interview with Jasmine in NZ Musician Magazine: Page 1Page 2

   

Listen to a radio interview with Jasmine by Richard Kamins (of Step Tempest)