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Justin M. Smith

Smith is a musician, songwriter, journalist / writer, technology consultant and jazz / improvised / progressive music expert from the Nashville, TN area.

About Me

Justin McCoy Smith was born in Jackson, Tennessee in 1975. He started studying classical music (piano) at the age of 5 and was performing professionally in a variety of musical settings (classical, popular, progressive, etc.) by the age of 12. Smith attended Middle Tennessee State University from 1994 to 1998, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English with interdisciplinary minors in Music and Political Science. He has been performing on the Nashville music scene and touring the United States since the mid-nineties as a songwriter, vocalist and keyboardist with groups such as Mass Transit, Vinyl Soup and the Lee Gibson Band. He has appeared multiple times at venues such as South By Southwest in Austin, TX and the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, NV; Memphis, TN and Nashville, TN. Justin Smith became a jazz / progressive / improvised music student and advocate, starting in his teenage years. He has since become a consultant, preservation specialist and an archivist of rare recordings and documents surrounding progressive / improvising performers. He is currently at work on a master discography & book of interviews with Chicago reedist / composer, Ken Vandermark, along with drummer Tim Daisy and other musicians from the current Chicago improvised music scene. He is also working on a new sports blog & podcast, to be announced soon.

My Favorites

  1. Dave Brubeck - For All Time (Columbia / Legacy)
  2. Andrew Hill - Complete Blue Note Recordings
  3. Sam Rivers - Complete Blue Note Recordings
  4. Miles Davis - Complete Great Quintet Recordings (1965-1968)
  5. Miles Davis - In A Silent Way - Complete Sessions
  6. Miles Davis - Complete Bitches Brew Sessions
  7. Charles Mingus - Pithecanthropus Erectus
  8. King Crimson - Cirkcus - A Young Person's Guide to King Crimson Live
  9. King Crimson - The Great Deceiver
  10. King Crimson - Red
  11. King Crimson - Lark's Tongue In Aspic
  12. King Crimson - VROOM VROOM
  13. King Crimson - Power To Believe
  14. King Crimson - Elekctric
  15. The Who - Who's Next (Deluxe Edition)
  16. The Who - Live At Leeds (Deluxe Edition)
  17. Grateful Dead - Europe '72
  18. Gratetul Dead - Dick's Picks Volume One (Live 1973)
  19. Albert Ayler - Complete ESP Recordings
  20. Albert Ayler - Live in Greenwich Village
  21. John Coltrane - One Down, One Up (Live - Impulse Records)
  22. John Coltrane - Complete Live at the Village Vanguard (Impulse)
  23. Richard Thompson - You, Me, Us
  24. Richard Thompson - Semi-Mock Tudor (Live)
  25. Wilco - Kicking Television
  26. Sufjan Stevens - Come On Feel The Illinoise!
  27. Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
  28. Radiohead - OK Computer
  29. Radiohead - Kid A
  30. Radiohead - In Rainbows
  31. John Cale - Paris 1919
  32. John Cale - Fragments of a Rainy Season
  33. Talking Heads - Brick
  34. Steely Dan - Everything Must Go
  35. Steely Dan - Alive in America
  36. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
  37. David Bowie - Station To Station (Deluxe Edition)
  38. David Bowie - Scary Monsters
  39. Genesis - Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
  40. Genesis - Archives 1967-1975
  41. Genesis - Seconds Out
  42. Genesis - Three Sides Live
  43. Genesis - Live Over Europe 2007
  44. Dave Douglas - Live at the Jazz Standard (Complete Book)
  45. Vandermark Five - Alchemia
  46. Vandermark Five - Annular Gift
  47. Mary Halvorson Trio - Dragon's Head
  48. Sun Kill Moon - Tiny Cities