The Sound of the Johnny Smith Guitar

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
When cool-toned guitarist Johnny Smith left New York for Colorado in the mid-'50s, he didn't hang up his guitar. He continued to play locally and make occasional trips back to the Big Apple to record. The two sessions included on The Sound of the Johnny Smith Guitar were the results of two trips in 1960 and 1961. Just about everything goes right on these sessions. Smith's guitar especially shines in the company of pianist Hank Jones, bassist George Duvivier, and drummer Ed Shaughnessy in the second set. There's a lovely, soulful version of "'Round Midnight," with a nice long solo by Smith he even bends a blue note or two and a shorter, though poignant one, by Jones. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
When cool-toned guitarist Johnny Smith left New York for Colorado in the mid-'50s, he didn't hang up his guitar. He continued to play locally and make occasional trips back to the Big Apple to record. The two sessions included on The Sound of the Johnny Smith Guitar were the results of two trips in 1960 and 1961. Just about everything goes right on these sessions. Smith's guitar especially shines in the company of pianist Hank Jones, bassist George Duvivier, and drummer Ed Shaughnessy in the second set. There's a lovely, soulful version of "'Round Midnight," with a nice long solo by Smith he even bends a blue note or two and a shorter, though poignant one, by Jones. The band goes into overdrive for "This Can't Be Love," filling it with bouncy rhythm and sharp lead work. Pianist Bob Pancoast, bassist George Roumanis, and drummer Mousey Alexander join Smith on the 1960 session, originally issued as Johnny Smith Plus the Trio. As with the 1961 set, solid instrumental choices like "Some of These Days" and "Hippo the Sentimental Hippy" brighten up the proceedings. The band also bravely tackles Bud Powell's "Un Poco Loco," kicking it off with an extended, fiery drum workout by Alexander. In fact, the band doesn't join in until the last minute of the piece. Whether one considers the choice selections, good accompaniment, or wonderful guitar work by Smith, The Sound of the Johnny Smith Guitar is a lovely album and a good introduction to a fine guitarist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2001
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724353179229
  • Catalog Number: 31792

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Smith Primary Artist, Guitar
Hank Jones Piano
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
George Duvivier Bass
Mousie Alexander Drums
George Roumanis Bass
Bob Pancoast Piano
Technical Credits
Erroll Garner Composer
Thad Jones Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Johnny Smith Composer
Clay Boland Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Teddy Reig Producer
Luciano Salvatore Composer
Patrick Roques Reissue Design
Vincent Pelote Liner Notes
Ted Koehler Composer
Moe Jaffe Composer
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