"..some of the most inventive use of the cello I’ve heard for some time." Kind of Jazz
Shirley's trio draws on her eclectic background to bring together her jazz, blues and world music influences.
She is joined by John Crawford, one of the UK's leadiing jazz pianists, who shares her interest in Latin and world influenced jazz, and long term collaborator, and flamenco master Demi Garcia Sabat.
Their first album 'Long Story Short' was released in 2019 to critical acclaim.
"Smarts playing is particularly remarkable throughout. She readily demonstrates a wide range of techniques incorporating an understanding of improvisation drawn from a jazz background and her extensive knowledge of Arabic maqam.." Songlines
Shirley Smart - cello
John Crawford - piano
Demi Garcia Sabat - drums/percussion