Walter Smith III: Live In Concert The tenor saxophonist plays in some of the most talked-about jazz groups of today. Freshly signed to a new record deal, Smith draws the leadership role in presenting his own quintet at his alma mater.

The Checkout: Live

Walter Smith III: Live At BerkleeWBGO

Walter Smith III In Concert (Full Audio)

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If you've put an ear to some of the most talked-about jazz bands of the last few years, you've likely heard saxophonist Walter Smith III. He's kept the tenor chair in the Ambrose Akinmusire quintet, the Terence Blanchard quintet and Eric Harland's Voyager band, as well as the new NEXT Collective cover-band supergroup. In there, he's found time for his own bands, and recently signed a contract with Concord Records to document one of them. Here, he gathers an ensemble of mostly peers to show off the material he's been developing.

The Houston native returns to his alma mater, Berklee College of Music, for this installment of The Checkout: Live. WBGO and NPR Music presented a live radio broadcast and video webcast of the Walter Smith III quintet at Boston's Cafe 939. For the full concert archive of this series, visit npr.org/checkoutlive.

Set List

All compositions by Walter Smith III unless otherwise noted.

  • "Apollo"
  • "[Title]"
  • "July"
  • "Aubade" (Jason Moran/Andrew Hill)
  • "Fing Fast" [video highlight]

Personnel

  • Walter Smith III, tenor
  • Matt Stevens, guitar
  • Taylor Eigsti, piano
  • Harish Raghavan, bass
  • Clarence Penn, drums

Credits

Producer and Host: Josh Jackson; Audio Engineer: David Tallacksen. Recorded March. 7, 2013 at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. Photo courtesy of Michael Borgida/Berklee College of Music.

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