Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Johnny Smith - In A Mellow Mood

John Smilh may be an ordinary name but John Smith is an extraordinary musician. In little more than a year, playing a kind of guifar dinstinctly his own, Johnny Smith has made his name well-known to all music lovers.
It is true fhal Johnny Smilh is classified a jazz musician but it is also true that the music he is creating makes him familiar to thousands of people who would not be considered jazz fans. He appeals because his music is beautiful. And because it is moving. Beauty and emotion are the fundamentals of all great music. They are the fundamentals that people understand and that make them appreciate and love good music. You will hear these qualities in the guitar playing of John Smith. All you have to do is listen.
To say that John is appreciated by people who are not well-acquainted with jazz is not to minimize his importance in the modern jazz picture. Rather, he is one of the two or three refreshing additions in an over-populated field of humdrum neophytes. He is, therefore, receiving a great amount of acclaim from jazz musicians and fans who recognize in this young, lean guitarist something quite special...
Shirley Hoskins, from the original notes (RLP 421)

Johnny Smith
In A Mellow Mood
(RLP 421)


1 What's New ? (Haggart, Burke)  3:07
2 I'll Remember April (Ray, DePaul, Johnson)  2:48
3 Sophisticated Lady (Ellington, Parish)  3:04
4 Easy to Love (Porter)  3:17
5 'S Wonderful (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:15
6 Stranger in Paradise (Wright, Forrest)  2:39
7 Our Love is Here to Stay (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:19
8 Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman)  2:28


Johnny Smith - g
Perry Lopez - rh. g
Arnold Fishkin - b
Don Lamond - dr

Recorded in New York City ; May 9, 1954 [# 1-4] ; & September 10, 1954 [# 6-8]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

where's the link?