Saturday, March 18, 2017

Johnny Smith - Moods

Johnny Smith's signature mellow-and-pretty-guitar jazz sound is showcased nicely on his 1953 release Moods. Always choosing to focus on the softer, melodic aspects of jazz, Smith arranges such standards as "Sophisticated Lady," "Have You Met Miss Jones," and others in a chordal-based style. Often crossing the facile boundary between classical music and cool jazz, Smith is an underappreciated musician whose catalog has much more to offer than just his classic recording of "Moonlight in Vermont".
Matt Collar

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Johnny Smith


1 What's New ? (Burke / Bob Haggart)  3:07
2 I'll Remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Raye)  2:48
3 Sophisticated Lady (Ellington, Mills, Parish)  3:04
4 Easy to Love (Porter)  3:16
5 Autumn in New York (Duke)  2:44
6 Walk, Don't Run (Smith) 
7 Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman)  2:28
8 Dancing on the Ceiling (Hart, Rodgers)  2:59
9 Blues for Birdland (Garner)  2:40
10 Have You Met Miss Jones ? (Hart, Rodgers)  2:34
11 Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:17
12 How About You (Freed, Lane)  2:43


[# 1-4]
Johnny Smith - g
Perry Lopez - rhythm g
Arnold Fishkin - b
Don Lamond - dr
Recorded in New York ; May 9, 1954
[# 5-7, 11 & 12]
Same as above
Recorded in New York ; September 10, 1954
[# 8-10]
Johnny Smith - g
Bob Pancoast - p
George Roumanis - b
Jerry Segal - dr
Recorded in New York ; 1955


Melanchthon said...

Pet said...

Yeah, this album is a compilation of about half & half from the albums "In A Mellow Mood" and "In A Sentimental Mood". Seems like a good choice of tracks there.

Geoviki said...

"Mellow and pretty" suit me just fine some evenings. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you MM!

francisco santos said...


deGallo said...

thank you for more JS. This is wonderful!!

Anonymous said...

Merci pour Johnny Smith !


Chris said...

another beaut share thanks mel

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel!
You make me happy my mood.

Kovina Kris said...

Nice post Mel!

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

Jazz Padd said...

Thank you!

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon. Pet, thnx for the heads up on sources, saved me a few steps, it turns out I didn't have either session.

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!