New York City-based saxophonist and flautist Ian Hendrickson-Smith is mostly noted for his remarkable tone, soulful approach and blues driven melodies.
Equally adept on all the saxophones, Ian stays very busy doing what he loves and loves staying busy.
Currently you can find Ian playing on the road with The Roots or on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
His extensive recording experience includes the release of 11 jazz records as a leader.
Hendrickson-Smith has worked and/or recorded with: Dr Lonnie Smith, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Al Green, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Rufus Wainright, The Roots, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion, Phish, Mofro, Queen Latifah, Robbie Williams, Boyz 2 Men, St Vincent, The Heavy, Michael Buble, The Charles Mingus Big Band Workshop, Phillip Harper, Etta Jones, David Hazeltine, Danny Moore, The J.B.'s (Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis), Adam Scone, Lee Fields, David Sanborn, Sturgill Simpson and more!
Lowdown features an all-star NY rhythm section featuring Rick Germanson on piano, John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums.
Joining Ian on the front line is tenor saxophonist Cory Weeds.
Side One is all original compositions by Ian Hendrickson-Smith, starting with the title track.
This is a funky bluesy offering lead by Hendrickson-Smith’s alto sax in a mellow, bubbling style.
Side Two is all covers, including Nancy (With The Laughing Face), I Should Care and Billie Holiday’s Don’t Explain.
Throughout, his big, open, bluesy sound is reminiscent of alto masters Cannonball Adderley and Jackie McLean.
This is a soulful and blues drenched outing - a complete joy - or, as one reviewer on Amazon puts it: “The melodic and sometimes familiar songs linger long after they have finished playing. This album is a warm hug on a cold day!”
Nancy (With A Laughing Face)
I Should Care