Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Paul Smith Trio & Quartet

The two enticingly swinging sessions brought together here find pianist Paul Smith in typically well-crafted form, with The Big Men a joyously engaging date in which he is heard performing solo or in a trio. Much skill, considerable feeling, and unceasingly ebullient energy transform this album into a thoroughly listenable program of modern jazz, throughout which his lines show strong classical influence and clear indication of his imposing compositional talent (Theme for Theda). The playing of the trio is crisp and knowing, and there are moments of brilliant musicianship by Smith with the fine support of Vinnegar and Levey, two swingers who keep the pulse vibrant.
On Richard Rodgers’ Broadway musical The Sound of Music, guitarist Barney Kessel’s contributions are consistently good, and the rhythm section is unfailingly solid and supportive. Smith, as leader, is utterly relaxed and swinging, while still managing to be viscerally creative in an excellent demonstration of the craftsmanship for which he was noted.

Source :

Paul Smith
Trio & Quartet
The Big Men
The Sound of Music


1 The Big Men (Smith)  4:06
2 Theme for Theda (Smith)  3:28
3 Suze Bluze (Paich)  3:55
4 Yesterday’s (Kern, Harbach)  5:27
5 Tea for Two (Youmans, Caesar)  4:12
6 'S Wonderful (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:58
7 It Never Entered My Mind (Rodgers, Hart)  5:31
8 Cheek to Cheek (Berlin)  5:10
9 Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf [Part I] (Churchill, Ronell)  3:50
10 Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf [Part II] (Churchill, Ronell)  3:26
11 My Favorite Things (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  2:29
12 Clim Ev’ry Mountain (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  4:04
13 Maria (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  2:31
14 The Lonely Goatherd (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  3:40
15 How Can Love Survive (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  3:25
16 The Sound of Music (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  3:10
17 Edelweiss (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  2:46
18 So Long, Farewell (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  2:38
19 No Way To Stop It (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  2:50
20 An Ordinary Couple (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  3:40
21 Do-Re-Mi (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  2:39


[# 1-10] from the 12” album “The Big Men” (Verve MG VS 6135)
The Paul Smith Trio
Paul Smith - p
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Stan Levey - dr
Recorded at United Recorders, Hollywood ; December 8 & 9, 1959
[# 11-21] from the 12” album “The Sound of Music” (Verve MG VS 6128)
The Paul Smith Quartet
Paul Smith - p
Barney Kessel - g
Morty Corb - b
Irv Cottler - dr
Recorded same place as above ; January 8, 1960


jazzjose said...

bienvenido de nuevo, gracias

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

neil said...

Not sure about 'The Sound of Music', but I'm up for 'The Big Men'; many thanks, mel...

danair said...

Thanks very much Mel.

Bhowani said...

Encore une merveille ! merci, Mel.

Rodney said...

Thank you

Mike said...

Very nice indeed. Merci!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

bienvenido !!!
...y gracias por todo

Blue Eyes said...

Un bijou! une joie d'écouter ce CD!, merci, merci, merci!!...Melanchthon For President! (of the jazz blogosphere of course) :-)

renato said...

Thank you!

josemaria said...

Gracias por tu vuelta, Mel. Estaba a pounto de cortarme las venas ......

Jazzsoulman said...

Wow, so many Thanks, saved really my day

Adrian said...

Thanks a lot for the album.
Melanchthon, you stayed out of our reach for a long time and now at the comeback you overwhelm us with a pile of great nice records (like usual). This is unfair...but great.
What I don't understand is why you persist in using this complicated multy-upload tool since 95% of the people use zippy....
Thanks again.

creation25 said...

Mel I always choose the one that least people choose, filecloud i mean.

Otis Foster said...

Thnx Melanchthon. It expands my library of a much under-rated pianist.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Antonio said...


Bhowani said...

Thanks for the share.

Philo said...

This is quite nice. Thanks. I am enjoying the music.

Harry said...

Paul Smith is always welcome. Thanks for a very nice share.

ita diegues said...

Gracias una vez mas.

musician3 said...

AMAZING............................THANK YOU FOR ALL

deGallo said...

Thank you.

nlrp said...

thank you M.

Wade Cottingham said...

Thank you Mel, for more Paul Smith!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Bradley Lehman said...

Hi, could you please repost this? It looks intriguing, but the links are dead. Thanks!

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adakun said...

Ufff! no me cansaria de escuchar este disco. Gracias Mel

musician3 said...

AMAZING.............................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Historicus said...

Thanks a lot!

Rodrigo Benites said...

Incredible Album, very minimalistic,
Thank You.