Kenny Wheeler’s Sweet Sister Suite

2018   |   Spartacus Records
  1. Sweet Sister 6:25 (soloist: Jurd)
  2. Keeper Of The Light 6:11 (soloist: Smith)
  3. Worlds Apart 9:30 (soloists: Johnstone, Luft, Jurd)
  4. Her Love Is Like An Endless Stream 9:10 (soloists: Towndrow, Jurd)
  5. Constant Star 7:05 (soloists: Kershaw, Cosker)
  6. Wondering Dream 8:48 (soloists: Gourlay, Smith, Johnstone, Jurd, Luft)
  7. Twilight Chant 7:29 (soloists: Jurd, Smith, Arabatzi)
  8. Utopian Recital 1:52


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About this album

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra are delighted to announce that our CD,  Sweet Sister Suite featuring Laura Jurd and Irini Arabatzi is  available to purchase on the Spartacus Record label.The music was composed & arranged by Kenny Wheeler having been commissioned by Tommy Smith in 1996 for the Scottish National Jazz orchestra and this recording features Laura Jurd on trumpet and flugelhorn and vocalist Irini Arabatzi.

“….a powerful, celebratory and emotional tribute to a quiet master of soul- searching melody, and a testament to the perennial connectivity of jazz across temporal and generational boundaries.

“…. the orchestra reels and roams through variously stormy, hypnotic, swinging and gloriously tumbling passages of beautiful writing.”

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra 

Martin Kershaw (Alto), Paul Towndrow (Alto), Tommy Smith (Tenor), Konrad Wiszniewski (Tenor), Bill Fleming (Baritone)

Tom Walsh, Sean Gibbs, Tom MacNiven, Lorne Cowieson

Chris Greive, Phil O’Malley, Liam Shortall, Michael Owers

Pete Johnstone (Piano), Rob Luft (Guitar), Calum Gourlay (Bass), Alyn Cosker (Drums)

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at
Castlesound Studios, Pencaitland, Scotland

Produced by Tommy Smith
Mixed and Mastered by Stuart Hamilton

Photography by Derek Clark
Kenny Wheeler Photo by Caroline Forbes
Design by Nadja von Massow /




".... the orchestra reels and roams through variously stormy, hypnotic, swinging and gloriously tumbling passages of beautiful writing."
The Herald
"Such is the quality of Scotland’s premier orchestra that the collective contribution is never less than magnificent."
BeBop Spoken Here

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Sponsors: We thank our sponsors Creative Scotland, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Dundee Council for their continued support as well as the management teams at our regular venues, The Queen's Hall: Edinburgh, The Music Hall: Aberdeen, Eden Court: Inverness and Caird Hall: Dundee.

Creative ScotlandRoyal Conservatoire of ScotlandDundee CouncilThe Queen's Hall: EdinburghThe Music Hall: AberdeenEden Court: Inverness