Johnny Smith ‎– The Complete Roost Johnny Smith Small Group Sessions

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Mosaic Records (2) ‎– MD8-216
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8 × CD
Box Set, Limited Edition, Compilation
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Tracklist

1-1 Where Or When 2:24
1-2 Tabu 2:39
1-3 Moonlight In Vermont 3:13
1-4 Jaguar 2:31
1-5 Jaguar (Alt) 2:27
1-6 (I Don't Stand A) Ghost Of A Chance With You 3:08
1-7 Vilia 2:40
1-8 My Funny Valentine 2:37
1-9 Sometimes I'm Happy 2:17
1-10 Stars Fell On Alabama 3:02
1-11 Nice Work If You Can Get It 2:23
1-12 Tenderly 3:24
1-13 Yesterdays 2:50
1-14 Cavu 2:12
1-15 I'll Be Around 2:44
1-16 Cherokee 2:47
1-17 Ramona 2:20
1-18 The Terry Theme From Limelight 3:13
1-19 Lullaby Of Birdland 3:03
1-20 My One And Only Love 2:28
1-21 Stranger In Paradise 2:36
1-22 Our Love Is Here To Stay 2:16
1-23 'S Wonderful 2:23
1-24 In A Sentimental Mood 2:31
2-1 What's New 3:04
2-2 I'll Remember April 2:46
2-3 Sophisticated Lady 3:01
2-4 Easy To Love 3:14
2-5 Autumn In New York 2:42
2-6 Walk, Don't Run! 2:46
2-7 Lover Man 2:25
2-8 Someone To Watch Over Me 2:14
2-9 How About You? 2:43
2-10 Dancing On The Ceiling 2:56
2-11 Blues For Birdland 2:37
2-12 Have You Met Miss Jones? 2:31
2-13 But Beautiful 2:49
2-14 Swinging On A Star 2:35
2-15 I Could Have Told You 2:49
2-16 It Could Happen To You 2:09
2-17 Oh You Crazy Moon 2:32
2-18 I Thought About You 2:10
2-19 Deep In A Dream 2:49
2-20 So Help Me 2:49
2-21 Nancy (With The Laughing Face) 3:17
2-22 Polka Dots And Moonbeams 2:42
2-23 Darn That Dream 3:27
2-24 Imagination 2:34
3-1 Django 5:02
3-2 Wait Till You See Her 2:15
3-3 0500 Blues 3:45
3-4 More Bass 2:28
3-5 Un Poco Loco 4:25
3-6 Easy Living 3:16
3-7 Old Girl 3:52
3-8 Little Girl Blue 2:47
3-9 Tired Blood 4:16
3-10 Spring Is Here 2:44
3-11 It Never Entered My Mind 2:31
3-12 Samba 2:49
3-13 Black Is The Color (Of My True Love's Hair) 2:04
3-14 Pawn Ticket 7:07
3-15 'S Wonderful 4:59
3-16 You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To 2:08
3-17 Blue Lights 4:11
3-18 Montage 4:59
3-19 Bags' Groove 3:18
3-20 'Round Midnight 3:42
4-1 Hello, Young Lovers 4:34
4-2 Love For Sale 3:54
4-3 The Maid With The Flaxen Hair 2:00
4-4 Love Letters 2:12
4-5 Tickle Toe 2:47
4-6 Goodbye 2:18
4-7 Body And Soul 3:20
4-8 Lover 3:22
4-9 The Boy Next Door 2:35
4-10 Potter's Luck 3:37
4-11 Autumn Nocturne 2:07
4-12 Band Aid 3:03
4-13 Angel Eyes 4:11
4-14 Deep Night 4:00
4-15 These Foolish Things 3:30
4-16 East Of The Sun 3:09
4-17 There's A Small Hotel 4:12
4-18 Laura 2:31
4-19 Tea For Two 4:39
4-20 You Go To My Head 4:30
4-21 I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You 5:08
4-22 Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart 5:53
5-1 Swingin' Shepherd Blues 2:33
5-2 Lullaby Of Birdland 2:05
5-3 You Are Beautiful 3:53
5-4 I Enjoy Being A Girl 3:47
5-5 Sunday 2:32
5-6 A Hundred Million Miracles 2:36
5-7 Grant Avenue 2:27
5-8 Love Look Away 3:31
5-9 Like A God 4:03
5-10 Finale 7:13
5-11 When I Fall In Love 2:45
5-12 It Might As Well Be Spring 2:47
5-13 I Didn't Know What Time It Was 2:20
5-14 Black Is The Color (Of My True Love's Hair) 2:30
5-15 Like Someone In Love 2:35
5-16 You Don't Know What Love Is 2:42
5-17 Isn't It Romantic 2:52
5-18 I Remember The Corn Fields 2:05
5-19 A Foggy Day 2:59
5-20 Scarlet Ribbons 2:42
5-21 People Will Say We're In Love 2:53
5-22 The Nearness Of You 2:32
6-1 Moonlight In Vermont 2:33
6-2 My Funny Valentine 3:20
6-3 Little Girl Blue 2:50
6-4 My One And Only Love 2:43
6-5 Jimmy Van Heusen Medley 4:05
6-6 Satin Doll 2:54
6-7 Blues Backstage 3:55
6-8 Everything Happens To Me 3:21
6-9 Pavane 1:30
6-10 Willow Weep For Me 6:04
6-11 Vilia 3:42
6-12 Fools Rush In 2:36
6-13 I Remember Clifford 4:05
6-14 The Lady Is A Tramp 2:46
6-15 There Will Never Be Another You 3:07
6-16 Autumn Leaves 4:02
6-17 Mood Indigo 2:50
6-18 Sentimental Journey 3:18
6-19 Three Little Words 2:16
6-20 My Romance 2:28
6-21 Sometimes I'm Happy 3:43
6-22 I'll Take Romance 3:03
6-23 Song For Jimmy Atkins 3:39
7-1 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) 2:39
7-2 Let's Fall In Love 2:17
7-3 I Can't Get Started 4:56
7-4 Some Of These Days 2:26
7-5 You Took Advantage Of Me 2:08
7-6 Over The Rainbow 2:26
7-7 Out Of Nowhere 3:34
7-8 Prelude To A Kiss 3:30
7-9 Un Poco Loco 3:30
7-10 Hippo, The Sentimental Hippy 2:58
7-11 It's You Or No One 2:56
7-12 Come Rain Or Come Shine 4:42
7-13 Gypsy In My Soul 3:17
7-14 Embraceable You 4:51
7-15 Misty 5:26
7-16 As Long As There's Music 4:02
7-17 'Round Midnight 4:26
7-18 This Can't Be Love 3:18
7-19 Blues Chorale 3:54
7-20 Prelude 1:24
8-1 My Romance 2:11
8-2 Little Girl Blue 2:32
8-3 Pavane 1:32
8-4 Prelude 1:30
8-5 Black Is The Color (Of My True Love's Hair) 2:44
8-6 Wait Till You See Her 2:04
8-7 The Maid With The Flaxen Hair 2:56
8-8 Shenandoah 2:27
8-9 Green Leaves Of Summer 2:49
8-10 My Funny Valentine 3:13
8-11 Dancing In The Dark 2:37
8-12 Old Folks 2:32
8-13 I Loves You Porgy 2:27
8-14 Soon 2:21
8-15 There'll Be Other Times 4:32
8-16 Satin's Doll 5:04
8-17 I'm Old Fashioned 1:54
8-18 I Remember You 2:47
8-19 Fitz 4:28
8-20 Li'l Darlin' 3:55
8-21 Time After Time 3:30
8-22 You Are Too Beautiful 3:47
8-23 Sweet And Lovely 3:29

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Javide

Javide

May 26, 2017

Sterling technique, pure tone and understated elegance are hallmarks of Johnny Smith's guitar style. His abbreviated career was due to unfortunate family circumstances.
His 2013 obituary in the New York Times explains: "The quitting began in 1957, when his wife, Ann Marguerite, died giving birth to their second child, who was stillborn. Living in Manhattan, Mr. Smith sent his daughter, Kim, to live with his mother in Colorado Springs, and for a time returned to his work. ..."On a visit to see his daughter in Colorado Springs in 1958, he decided he had had enough. “In the end, everything came down to the fact that I loved my daughter too much to let my career put her at risk,” he told The Colorado Springs Independent in 2001."
In Colorado he acquired a Music Store and instructed guitar students privately and in a university setting. He did perform infrequently, but refused to tour. He was also an avid sportsman.
The obituary closed with this quote from his daughter Kim: "“He accomplished everything he ever wanted, he played with the best musicians in the world, he went deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, he was a great father.”
Apparently his guitar style was a reflection of his grounded and humble life.
streetmouse

streetmouse

December 13, 2015
Johnny Smith seems destined to be one of the greatest best kept secrets in the world of jazz guitar, a sensational innovative musician that most people have never heard of. While this 8 disc, 178 song boxed set, and available on vinyl, with extraordinary liner notes and lineage should bring Johnny and his pivoting guitar into the light of day, being a limited edition, and checking out at the cash register in the neighborhood of $130 to $200US, these recordings are going to find their way into the hands of the choir, and into the libraries of the converted, those who’ve connected with the man’s sound from the very first note they heard him play.

Johnny Smith was to the world of jazz, what Phil Spector was to the world of recording, inspired by the way organists were able to sustain a note while moving between chords, creating a progression of sound that musicians are still struggling to produce today, leaving virtually no gaps between his chords, and moving with a tonal fluidity that is sheer magic to the ear. This is a man who recorded with Paul Quinichette, Sam Getz, and even Zoot Sims ... proving that there’s a reason studio musicians are held in such high regard, and inspiring artists such as The Venture [who covered “Walk Don’t Run”] and Chet Atkins [who covered “Softly, As In The Morning Sunrise”]. But with a guitar voice like Johnny’s, the coat of anonymity didn’t hang around his shoulders for long, headlining shows at Embers and the famous Birdland [where Charlie Parker never missed a gig], and rubbing shoulders as easily with the cool, the hip, the wide-eyed thin-tied crowd, as he did with those in the Philharmonic set, and so appreciated by those in the know, that he’s taught guitar theory and innovation.

And the strangest part of it all, the man’s retired to Colorado Springs, where he lives with a sense of satisfaction, not interested in playing a single score ever again, saying, “I’ve done it all, I’ve played all the notes, what’s left to do [?].” What’s left for you to do, is to hear this collection, and understand with a joyous smile of recognition the genesis and essence of so much that you enjoy today.

Review by Jenell Kesler