Friday, June 9, 2017

The Sound of the Johnny Smith Guitar

The Johnny Smith sound is a wonderful one — not just the sound that he makes with his groundbreaking work on the strings of the guitar, but also the way he records the instrument — which set a new standard in jazz guitar albums, and also helped pave the way for countless generations to come ! A date like this is a great example of the standard-setting work that Smith was able to give us in his prime — and the approach slightly updates the Smith guitar sound of the early 50s — clarifying it a bit, but still keeping that great tone right out front — with a group that includes Hank Jones on piano, George Duvivier on bass, and Ed Shaughnessy on drums...
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The Sound of the
Johnny Smith


1 Come Rain or Come Shine (Arlen, Mercer)  4:45
2 Gypsy in My Soul (Boland, Jaffe)  3:20
3 Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:54
4 Misty (Burke, Garner)  5:28
5 As Long as There's Music (Cahn, Styne)  4:04
6 'Round Midnight (Hanighen, Monk, Williams)  4:28
7 This Can't Be Love (Hart, Rodgers)  3:20
8 Blues Chorale (LaPorta)  3:55
9 Prelude (Scriabin, arr. Smith)  1:26


Johnny Smith - g
Hank Jones - p
George Duvivier - b
Ed Shaughnessy - dr

Recorded in New York City ; 1960


Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Jazz Padd said...

One of my fav guitarists, many thanks for this album!

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel.

francisco santos said...


carrolin said...

Muchas gracias Mel

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

I've got this one as part of a box but I've never heard a JS album that wasn't worth listening to. Great post!

inamist said...