Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Johnny Smith Plays Jimmy Van Heusen

Guitarist Johnny Smith plays the music of Jimmy Van Heusen — a composer whose understated approach is a perfect match for the subtle style of the stringman ! The songs are mostly easygoing numbers, in a style that suits Johnny well — and allows him to open up those fluid tones and colors in just the right way. Backing is by a trio that features Bob Pancoast on piano, George Roumanis on bass, and Jerry Segal on drums — working with a vibe that matches the strength of Smith's other Roost sessions from the time — the kind of albums that helped redefine the role of the guitar in jazz during the postwar years...
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Johnny Smith
Jimmy Van Heusen


1 But Beautiful 2:48
2 Swingin' On A Star  2:50
3 I Could Have Told You  2:47
4 It Could Happen To You  2:04
5 Oh You Crazy Moon  2:32
6 I Thought About You  2:10
7 Deep in A Dream  2:47
8 So Help Me  2:50
9 Nancy  3:11
10 Polka Dots and Moon Beams  2:41
11 Darn That Dream  3:28
12 Imagination  2:33

All Compositions by Jimmy Van Heusen


Johnny Smith - g
Bob Pancoast - p
George Roumanis - b
Jerry Segal - dr

Recorded in New York ; possibly September 25, 1955


Melanchthon said...


David said...

Thank you Mel!

Jazz Padd said...

Bought this on LP a while back intending to rip it to CD, but never got around to it. Thanks for saving me the work, but more importantly thanks for bringing the work of this important but unsung guitar great to our ears.

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Angel said...

Another gem. Thanks to you Mel

musician3 said...


Kovina Kris said...

Got this from you in a previous incarnation but let me say thanks again. Never heard a JS album that wasn't top notch jazz guitar.

brian said...

nice mel!

Descargador said...

Muchas Gracias!

Chris said...

great thanks mel more from johnny smith

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon-this will replace a screwed up share which provides large files, no cue sheet and no tags.