Sunday, May 31, 2015

Paul Smith Trio & Quartet

Paul Smith is a brilliant pianist with technique on the level of an Oscar Peterson, but a musician who never really dedicated himself to jazz. After playing early on with Johnny Richards in 1941 and spending a couple years in the military, he worked with Les Paul (1946-1947) and Tommy Dorsey (1947-1949) before moving to Los Angeles and becoming a studio musician. Smith has recorded frequently both with his trios and as a soloist. In addition to recording with Dizzy Gillespie, Anita O'Day, Buddy DeFranco, Louie Bellson, Steve Allen, Louie Bellson, and Stan Kenton (among others), he toured with Ella Fitzgerald off and on during 1956-1978.
Scott Yanow

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Paul Smith
By the Fireside
(Trio & Quartet)


1 Cupid Took Me for a Ride (Smith)  3:16
2 The Way You Look Tonight (Fields, Kern)  3:16
3 By the Fireside (Campbell, Connelly, Noble)  2:48
4 Wandering (Smith)  2:30
5 Out of Nowhere (Green, Heyman)  2:56
6 'S Wonderful (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:42
7 Over the Rainbow (Arlen, Harburg)  3:01
8 The Great Lie (Smith)  2:27
9 The Jumper (Smith)  2:50
10 Laurilou (Smith)  2:57
11 Pick Yourself Up (Kern, Fields, Harris)  2:36
12 I Only Have Eyes for You (Dubin, Warren)  3:08


[# 1-8] Paul Smith Quartet
Paul Smith - p
Tony Rizzi - g
Alvin Stoller - dr
Norm Seelig - b
Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; April 18, 1950
[# 9-12] Paul Smith Trio
Paul Smith - p
Sam Chieftz - b
Irv Cottler - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; March, 1952

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Foth said...

Thanks Mel, and you have to love that cover!

deGallo said...

Thank you for Paul Smith. Really like this album.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Mel - good album - much appreciated.

Blue Eyes said...

Cornes de bouc ! Merci Mel pour le quartet de P.Smith!

Anonymous said...

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Harry said...

He's plays a bit with all that technique, but is still very interesting to listen to. Thanks for this one.

BlueNote97 said...

Merci bien

duck said...

Thanks Mel, I always enjoy his backing of Ella. WIll enjoy this one too, also loved the cover, even in these advanced years. OH the memories

Orbyt said...

Quite enjoyed this session. Thanks Mel!

lena said...

Thanks for the Paul Smith post. Despite of the slightly diparaging review by Scott Yanow I have always apreciated Paul Smith.
Sometimes hos voicings reminded me of Johnny Smith; I checked: no relations. But both were born in 1922.

jazztap said...


TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!
Totally new to me this title!

AmyBRAINS said...

Great album.
New to me.
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

fcapeau said...

Nice post, appreciated !!! Many thanks, Mel.

Mike said...

Excellent stuff! Vielen dank.

Melanchthon said...

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!