Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz ‎– Moonlight In Vermont

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LP 2211 Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz - Moonlight In Vermont(LP, Album, Mono) Roost LP 2211 US 1956 Sell This Version
RLP 2211 Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz - Moonlight In Vermont(LP, Album, Mono, RP) Roost RLP 2211 US 1958 Sell This Version
LAE 12189 Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz - Moonlight In Vermont(LP, Album, Mono) Vogue Records Limited LAE 12189 UK 1959 Sell This Version
LD 626-30 Johnny Smith And Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Paul Quinichette Johnny Smith And Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Paul Quinichette - Moonlight In Vermont(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Disques Vogue LD 626-30 France 1962 Sell This Version
33SX 1556 Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz - Moonlight In Vermont(LP, Album, Mono) Columbia 33SX 1556 UK 1963 Sell This Version
LP-2251, LP 2251 Johnny Smith And Stan Getz Johnny Smith And Stan Getz - Moonlight In Vermont(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Roost, Roost, Royal Roost, Royal Roost LP-2251, LP 2251 US 1963 Sell This Version
LP-2251, LP 2251 Johnny Smith And Stan Getz Johnny Smith And Stan Getz - Moonlight In Vermont(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Roost, Roost, Royal Roost, Royal Roost LP-2251, LP 2251 US 1963 Sell This Version
SL-5048-RO Johnny Smith Quintet Moonlight In Vermont(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Roulette SL-5048-RO Japan 1973 Sell This Version
YW-7810-RO Johnny Smith Quintet Moonlight In Vermont(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Royal Roost YW-7810-RO Japan 1978 Sell This Version
YS-7090-RO Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz - Moonlight In Vermont(LP, Album, Mono) Royal Roost YS-7090-RO Japan 1981 Sell This Version
LP-410 Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz - Moonlight In Vermont(LP, Album) Royal Roost, Fresh Sound Records LP-410 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
RLP 410, Re.13 Johnny Smith Quintet Moonlight In Vermont(LP, Album, RE) Roost, Roulette RLP 410, Re.13 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
RCD 59063 Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz - Moonlight In Vermont(CD, Album) Roulette RCD 59063 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
SR-59063 Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz - Moonlight In Vermont(LP, Album, RM) Roulette SR-59063 US 1988 Sell This Version
CDP 7977472, CDROU 1037 Johnny Smith Featuring Stan Getz Johnny Smith Featuring Stan Getz - Moonlight In Vermont(CD, Album, RE) Roulette Jazz, Roulette Jazz CDP 7977472, CDROU 1037 UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
CDP 7977472 Johnny Smith Featuring Stan Getz Johnny Smith Featuring Stan Getz - Moonlight In Vermont(CD, Album, RE) Roulette Jazz CDP 7977472 US 1991 Sell This Version
7243 5 93091 2 5 Johnny Smith Quintet Moonlight In Vermont(CD, Album, RE) Roulette Jazz 7243 5 93091 2 5 US 2004 Sell This Version
7243 5 96593 2 9 Johnny Smith Quintet Moonlight In Vermont(CD, Album, RE) Roulette Jazz 7243 5 96593 2 9 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
SLP-2211 Johnny Smith Quintet Moonlight In Vermont(LP, Album, Mono, Promo) Sonet SLP-2211 Scandinavia Unknown Sell This Version

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streetmouse

streetmouse

July 11, 2019
referencing Moonlight In Vermont, LP, Album, Mono, LP 2211

A Really Fine Album ... But ...

This is an oddball album that features Stan Getz supporting jazz guitarist Johnny Smith. Moonlight In Vermont had many people scratching their heads, wondering just what was going on here, as the album was released in 1956, at a time when Getz had already established himself as one of the premier cool jazz artists of the decade.

It wasn’t just Getz, in this case, Johnny Smith and others had been recording music, long before their songs were released on formal albums, though many times those songs found their way to extended play discs, as in this case, the music was originally released by Royal Roost Records and titled Jazz At NBC, making this album not so much a proper record, but a compilation album.

Regardless, it’s a fine very laid back cooler than cool cool jazz album of standards that was well received, a near overnight best seller, though I would suggest that the chilled nature of the record, along with the fact that it required no jazz knowledge experience or appreciation, allowed the music to go down rather easily for the general public; who now thought that they understood the nature of jazz and had an appreciation for the implications of the genre; where of course nothing could be further from the truth.

All of that said, the record grabbed my attention as a youngster for the slight amount of reverb tinged electric guitar that was used, with this aspect alone gaining it critical acclaim as a near defining moment in the history of jazz, where in the book ‘A Concise History of Electric Guitar’ they said, “The release firmly established the electric guitar’s sound in popular culture, elevating it from the dark dissonance of be-bop jazz to the more consonant textures of the rapidly developing style called western swing.” The magazine ‘Guitar World’ goes on to characterize the album as Smith’s essential classic.

All of the songs are played extremely well, displaying a dexterity by all of those involved, where the results are quite stunning and beautiful, yet there is nothing about this record that is not vanilla … the album cover evokes a snow covered scene, yet neither Smith or Getz (who by the time of this release was a drug addict) had ever been to Vermont. This was a Norman Rockwell album if ever there was one, an arrow set and shot straight at the hearts of mid century modern contemporary upwardly mobile young adults who played these tracks as background music; where perhaps they got that aspect correct, because the music does linger in the shadows, gets lost in the folds of the curtains, flowing so easily through the air that folks often neglected to miss the record when it ended.

In no way am I suggesting that this album isn’t good, what I am saying is that it’s not a thinking-person’s album. Moonlight In Vermont constantly gets discovered and then lost again, and when it’s rediscovered yet again, the album is praised as meticulously arranged, technically awesome, a gorgeous lush groove caressing laid back statement that offers fire and energy; though you’ll have to be the judge of that, as I hear no fire and energy mixed in with all this coolness. Still, I’d have to be a fool not to recognize Smith’s passion for incredibly emotive tones and exquisite musical scores that tumble with a sense of delicacy and warmth. ‘But,’ and there’s always a ‘but,’ the defining factor of an album’s greatness should not derived from its success, as Moonlight in Vermont, as enjoyable as it is, is nothing more than a hipster album, invoking friends to think that from hearing it at your digs, that you must be acutely aware of something they’re not.

Listen … the record is what it is, if you like it, play it to death, and if you don’t, then don’t go beating yourself up by thinking that there’s something that you’re missing. All things come full circle, and with the re-issue of this album along with bonus material, Moonlight In Vermont is having another well deserved day in the sun.

Review by Jenell Kesler
DCJazzman

DCJazzman

October 5, 2014
referencing Moonlight In Vermont, LP, Album, Mono, RP, RLP 2211
My copy is from 1956. I had it autographed by Stan Getz.