Johnny Smith

The Complete Roost Johnny Smith Small Group Sessions

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Johnny Smith is an exquisite jazz guitarist known mostly to fellow musicians and serious jazz fans. This beautifully packaged and expertly annotated eight-CD limited-edition boxed set from Mosaic includes his complete small-group recordings for Roost, most of which have languished out of print for decades. Smith's unique voicings on his instrument set him apart from other players, yet he maintains a lush, crystal-clear tone no matter the tempo or setting. Smith draws from a wide range of sources within the 22 featured sessions, ranging from show tunes and standards ("My Funny Valentine," "Yesterdays," "'I'll Remember April," and "Body and Soul") to jazz compositions by Duke Ellington, George Shearing, John Lewis, and Bud Powell, along with a number of his superb originals, which have been unjustly overlooked. The best-known material comes from the three 1952 sessions which made up Moonlight in Vermont, featuring Smith with either Stan Getz or Zoot Sims, and a meeting with some of New York's busiest session musicians (Hank Jones, George Duvivier, and Ed Shaughnessey). Especially rewarding is the first of two solo efforts by Smith, which draws from the vast Jimmy Van Heusen songbook. The guitarist is never disappointing, even on the few dates which fall outside of jazz. Pick up this valuable boxed set right away before you have to resort to paying an exorbitant price through an auction.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:26
2 2:41
3 3:15
4 2:33
5 2:30
6 3:10
7 2:42
8 2:40
9 2:20
10 3:05
11 2:26
12 3:26
13 2:52
14 2:15
15 2:47
16 2:49
17 2:22
18 3:15
19 3:05
20 2:29
21 2:39
22 2:18
23 2:14
24 2:33

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:06
2 2:48
3 3:03
4 3:17
5 2:44
6 2:48
7 2:28
8 2:16
9 2:46
10 2:59
11 2:40
12 2:33
13 2:52
14 2:37
15 2:52
16 2:06
17 2:35
18 2:11
19 2:51
20 2:51
21 3:19
22 2:44
23 3:30
24 2:36

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:35
2 2:07
3 3:55
4 3:50
5 2:34
6 2:39
7 2:29
8 3:34
9 4:05
10 7:15
11 2:47
12 2:49
13 2:22
14 2:32
15 2:36
16 2:44
17 2:54
18
2:08
19 3:02
20 2:44
21 2:55
22 2:37

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:35
2 3:22
3 2:53
4 2:46
5 4:07
6 2:57
7 3:57
8 3:23
9 1:32
10 6:06
11 3:44
12 2:38
13 4:08
14 2:48
15 3:10
16 4:04
17 2:53
18 3:20
19 2:18
20 2:31
21 3:45
22 3:05
23 3:45

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:13
2 2:34
3 1:34
4 1:32
5 2:46
6 2:06
7 2:58
8 2:29
9 2:52
10 3:16
11 2:39
12 2:34
13 2:29
14 2:23
15 4:34
16 5:06
17 1:56
18 2:49
19 4:30
20 3:57
21 3:32
22 3:50
23 3:36
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