JOHNNY SMITH

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Johnny Smith, (born John Henry Smith, Jr. on June 25, 1922 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American jazz guitarist, although he does not consider himself to be a musician in the idiom. His most critically acclaimed album was "Moonlight in Vermont" (one of Downbeat magazine's top two jazz records for 1952, featuring saxophonists Stan Getz and Zoot Sims). Smith's playing is characterized by closed-position chord voicings and rapidly ascending lines (reminiscent of Django, but more diatonic than chromatically-based). From those famous 1952 sides and in to the 1960s he recorded for the Roost label, on whose releases his reputation mainly rests. Mosaic Records has issued the majority of them in an 8CD set.

His most famous musical composition is the tune "Walk, Don't Run", written for a 1955 recording session as counter-melody to the chord changes of "Softly, As in the Morning Sunrise". Another guitarist Chet Atkins covered the
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JOHNNY SMITH Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz ‎: Jazz At N B C album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz ‎: Jazz At N B C
Bop 1952
JOHNNY SMITH The Johnny Smith Quintet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Johnny Smith Quintet
Bop 1953
JOHNNY SMITH In a Mellow Mood album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In a Mellow Mood
Bop 1954
JOHNNY SMITH In a Sentimental Mood album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In a Sentimental Mood
Bop 1954
JOHNNY SMITH The Johnny Smith Quartet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Johnny Smith Quartet
Bop 1955
JOHNNY SMITH Plays Jimmy Van Heusen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays Jimmy Van Heusen
Bop 1955
JOHNNY SMITH Moods album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Moods
Bop 1955
JOHNNY SMITH Moonlight in Vermont album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Moonlight in Vermont
Bop 1956
JOHNNY SMITH The New Johnny Smith Quartet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The New Johnny Smith Quartet
Bop 1956
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The "Johnny Smith" Foursome
Bop 1957
JOHNNY SMITH The Johnny Smith Foursome Volume II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Johnny Smith Foursome Volume II
Bop 1957
JOHNNY SMITH Easy Listening album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Easy Listening
Cool Jazz 1958
JOHNNY SMITH Flower Drum Song album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Flower Drum Song
Bop 1959
JOHNNY SMITH Designed for You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Designed for You
Bop 1959
JOHNNY SMITH Johnny Smith Favorites album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Johnny Smith Favorites
Bop 1959
JOHNNY SMITH Guitar and Strings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Guitar and Strings
Bop 1960
JOHNNY SMITH Guitare Magique album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Guitare Magique
Bop 1960
JOHNNY SMITH Johnny Smith Plus the Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Johnny Smith Plus the Trio
Bop 1960
JOHNNY SMITH My Dear Little Sweetheart album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
My Dear Little Sweetheart
Cool Jazz 1960
JOHNNY SMITH The Sound of the Johnny Smith Guitar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Sound of the Johnny Smith Guitar
Cool Jazz 1961
JOHNNY SMITH The Man with the Blue Guitar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Man with the Blue Guitar
Bop 1962
JOHNNY SMITH Johnny Smith Reminiscing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Johnny Smith Reminiscing
Bop 1965
JOHNNY SMITH Johnny Smith album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Johnny Smith
Cool Jazz 1967
JOHNNY SMITH Kaleidoscope album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kaleidoscope
Cool Jazz 1968
JOHNNY SMITH Phase II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Phase II
Bop 1968

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JOHNNY SMITH The Guitar World Of Johnny Smith album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Guitar World Of Johnny Smith
Cool Jazz 1963
JOHNNY SMITH Johnny Smith, George Van Eps : Legends - Solo Guitar Performances album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Johnny Smith, George Van Eps : Legends - Solo Guitar Performances
Bop 1994
JOHNNY SMITH Johnny Smith and George Van Eps — Legends: Solo Guitar Performances album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Johnny Smith and George Van Eps — Legends: Solo Guitar Performances
Cool Jazz 1994
JOHNNY SMITH The Complete Roost Johnny Smith Small Group Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Roost Johnny Smith Small Group Sessions
Cool Jazz 2002
JOHNNY SMITH Walk, Don't Run! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Walk, Don't Run!
Cool Jazz 2005

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Moonlight in Vermont
Cool Jazz 1952

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