The cavalcade of musicians named James Smith would move with an uncommon grace were they all striding in time with the guitarist of this name who is associated with pianist Fats Waller's recordings during the '30s. Smith strummed up a supply of rhythm guitar chords with the regularity and determination of a pizza chef preparing sliced mushrooms for the evening's diners. When Smith was a member of the effervescent combo known as Fats Waller & His Rhythm he was often combined with players such as bassist Charles Turner and drummer Arnold Boling. The fat discography of Fats includes some two dozen sides that feature Smith, apparently representing the entirety of recorded documentation of the guitarist.
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