Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Johnny Smith

Johnny Smith was an in-demand guitarist during the 1950s, recording extensively for the Roost label and having a hit with "Moonlight in Vermont." But since moving to Colorado during the 1960s, he has recorded only sporadically. These 1967 sessions for Verve feature the guitarist with a terrific rhythm section consisting of pianist Hank Jones, bassist George Duvivier, and drummer Don Lamond, playing a mix of standards and a few pop songs of the mid-'60s. Smith's clean, always swinging style is well matched by the tasteful Hank Jones (a master of accompaniment in any situation). The wild arrangement of "My Favorite Things" doesn't follow the typical Coltrane-inspired modal path; instead, the quartet delivers a cooking performance that even sounds like an Irish jig at one point. Smith's lyrical takes of bossa nova favorites like "Manha de Carnaval" and "The Girl from Ipanema" have aged very well. Smith penned words and music to the loping country-flavored ballad "Colorado," represented by his original solo version and the later version with a vocal added by Jimmy Atkins. Smith is heard unaccompanied for a thoughtful interpretation of the Beatles' "Yesterday" and the traditional favorite "Shenandoah," switching to acoustic guitar for an intricate rendition of "Golden Earrings."
Ken Dryden

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:fxfqxqygldfe

Johnny Smith
Johnny Smith
[Verve Elite Edition]


1 Memories of You (Blake, Razaf)  2:53
2 Manha de Carnaval (Bonfa, Maria)  4:39
3 Here's That Rainy Day (Burke, VanHeusen)  2:32
4 Yesterday (Lennon, McCartney)  2:22
5 Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most (Landesman, Wolf)  5:10
6 The Shadow of Your Smile (Mandel, Webster)  2:24
7 Michelle (Lennon, McCartney)  3:58
8 My Favorite Things (Hammerstein, Rodgers)  2:54
9 Golden Earrings (Evans, Livingston, Young)  2:59
10 On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) (Lane, Lerner)  2:27
11 The Girl from Ipanema (DeMoraes, Gimbel, Jobim)  4:03
12 Shenandoah [Breakdown] (Traditional)  0:34
13 Shenandoah [Master Take] (Smith, Traditional)  1:41
14 Land of the Velvet Hills [Vocal Version] (Smith)  2:59
15 Land of the Velvet Hills [instrumental] (Smith)  2:59


Johnny Smith - g
Hank Jones - p
George Duvivier - b

Don Lamond - dr
Jimmy Atkins - voc [# 14]

Recorded March 1967


Orbyt said...

Absolutely delighted to find this here Mel, thank you so much!

swingingduck said...

Goodness gracious, is this really true?
How is this possible?
I'm affraid to believe so.
What if something goes wrong?
What if my internet connection brakes?
What if the aliens take over the web before I finish?
I'm grabbing it in pain.
Thanks a million billion zillion...

polish jazz said...

Awesome guitar player. Few can compare to him: Django Reinhardt or Charlie Christian and who else?

justjack said...

Big, big thanks for this sound upgrade. I've been listening to low bitrate mp3's of this for a couple of years now. It's a great album.

archer said...

much gratitude

Anonymous said...

Excellent musician, a great album - thank you very much!
And you can add to their releases file. CUE?

Blue Eyes said...

Thank you Melanchthon for this Verve Elite Edition !

Arkiver said...

I already have this one on CD but what an awesome album. It remains one of the defining albums that combines tremendous skill and beautiful feel though standards and pop tunes alike. So tasteful, warm, and magical. I can think of no jazz guitar album to top it on overall beauty and enjoyment, and it will always be among my favorites of any kind of music. Great post!

jpo said...

agree with above--have it already but stupidly got rid of all my covers a few years ago when i was ripping my collection--at crappy bitrate cuz i was ignorant.
anyhow, as with everything on this wonderful blog, i know i can get fantastic cover scans... finally!!!
thanks mate

Eugenio said...

dear Melanchthon, this post is amazing! thank you very very much!

ita diegues said...

Thank you Melanchthon.

Anonymous said...

thank you!!
one of the true greats!

Daver88 said...

Johnny Smith

Thanks Melanchthon - One of my favourite JS albums. The 3 additional tracks on this release are interesting but i don't think they add much to the album & even seem a little out of place.

rowgatien said...

A real source of special delight and pleasure. Thanks a bunch

censusloss said...

I am really getting a better-late- than never education on JS's legacy-Thanks a whole bunch Mel

Kovina Kris said...

This was one I saw somewhere but it had a dead link so thank you very much for this!

rog said...

So Beautiful Mel ... Thank You !

cvllos said...

Better late than never!
Thanks to Melanchthon, another must have.

Markus Rose said...

This is excellent. Trying to complete my Johnny Smith collection. Thank you very much, Mel.

deGallo said...

Wonderful! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

lowgroove said...

My favorite album of all time. Thanks much more than I can say.

jazzcat1228 said...

Very nice share. Thank you, Mel!

Eli Koch said...

thank you.

ProfessorCalculus said...

thanks mel.

chuchuni said...

Many thanks, Mel.

Anonymous said...

Gone ! Could you please re-up, MM, in your spare time? Best regards!

Melanchthon said...


nlrp said...

thank you. regards

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

thank you very much for this gem.

Anonymous said...

You are Magnificent Mel ! MM! Thank you sooooo much!

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a fantastic album and excellent musicians.
Tanks a lot, Melanchthon.

Pee said...

Incredible, and hard to find. Thank you Mel!