The story is that jazz guitarist Johnny Smith decides on a guitar at the age of five, originally motivated by his father who is a five-level banjo performer, and is just as remarkable as violin, trumpet, violin, and guitar. He also calls Chuck Wayne, Jimmy Rainey, Joe Paz, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Pat Martino, Jim Hall, and Harry Lewy as the only jazz guitarist he likes.
Johnny Smith is one of the original virtuosos of the electric guitar. From the deep three octave slopes "Moonlight in Vermont", "Tea for Two" and "Easy Life" to the super fast songs that identify Taboo, Jaguar, "I'll Remember April," "Un Poco Loco, Samba "," S Wonderful "," Tickle Toe "," Three Little Words "and" Time to Time, "a sophisticated, though extremely listening jazz guitar with improvised solo, are the legend in the history of guitar knowledge – jazz or other.
Exact precision and technical adequacy have long been the qualities of Johnny Smith's jazz guitar style, but these same characteristics are constantly tested by the sense of taste and clarity. Whether interpreting a larger straight line, swinging a jazz waltz, or making a sensitive rumba ballad, he is an effective and categorical soloist with instantly recognizable style and unmistakable boilers. Along with Johnny Smith's solo and jazz guitar skills, he is a great blues guitarist, as shown on the Blues Scene, Fitz, The Boot, Blue Lights, and particularly expressive moments in the " Satin Doll "and" Sentimental Journey. Jazz legend Barney Kessel once summed up well with the famous observation: "No one on the planet is playing the guitar better than Johnny Smith."
Johnny Smith is definitely one of the most famous melodic performers of jazz guitar in every genre. His lavish pianist sounds and elite chord play are musical signatures and quite different from other guitarists of that age. Imagine the voices of the jazz-accords of pianists Art Tatum and George Shearing, included with Claude Debussy's impersonalized harmonies, interpreted and realized on electric guitar, and you have a hint of how Johnny changed the instrument. In this respect, he has always been in a separate class.
The jam-guitarist's ringing melodic tunes in Johnny Smith's catalog at Royal Roost include "Moonlight in Vermont," "Yesterday," "When I'm in love," "I did not know what the time is," "You do not know what love is," "I remember Clifford," "My romance," and "The lady is a prostitute." An early reading of Autumn Leaves finds that it creates a flamenco atmosphere along with blinding Arabic, double-time performances and classically influenced acoustic chords The unusual harmonics in the main theme of "I've never entered the mind" make the track the price of admission alone.
In retrospect, ridiculous recording of Royal Roost as "Man with the Blue Guitar" is an obvious expression of Johnny Smith's shocking musical palette. This record from 1962 finds it in solo guitar context for a whole album, creating its magic with a variety of standards, classical and folk songs. Here his magnificent tone, sensitive touch and instrument methodology are directed to the famous Broadway tunes by Rogers and Hart, George Gershwin and others, contemporary works by Debussy, Skryabin and Ravel, as well as new adaptations of old folk songs such as "Shenandoah" "and" Black is the color of the hair of my true love. "More evidence of Johnny Smith's diverse character was shown in his Verve Records album of the sixties, which includes a genius that engages in atypical pop tunes such as Exit, Sleep in the Subway Darling, "" This Man Is In Love With You, "" Sunny, "and" The Light of My Fire "Doors.