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Johnny Smith: The Sound Of The Johnny Smith Guitar

Read "The Sound Of The Johnny Smith Guitar" reviewed by Mike Neely

A half-century after Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, and Bud Powell made names for themselves in the world of jazz, it is more than likely that if these three giants somehow returned to play in New York City they would still be at the very top of the heap among their fellow musicians. A similar claim could ...

Johnny Smith: Walk, Don't Run!

Read "Walk, Don't Run!" reviewed by Chris May

Woefully obscure and unlauded today, Johnny Smith's early '50s recordings make him as important to the development of jazz guitar as his contemporaries Stan Getz and Al Haig are to the history of the tenor saxophone and the piano. Johnny who?

For a very short while, Smith was a star. His '52 single “Moonlight ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Count Basie & Friends: 100th Birthday Bash

Read "100th Birthday Bash" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To honor the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the incomparable Count Basie (August 21, 1904), Roulette Records has gone to the vaults and unearthed recordings made by the Basie Orchestra and smaller groups spanning the years 1957-62 when the Count was working for Roulette. All of the material on the two-disc set was previously issued, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Count Basie: The Count Basie Story

Read "The Count Basie Story" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To mark the Count Basie Orchestra's silver anniversary in 1960, Roulette Records released a double album comprised of updated versions of many of the band's classic recordings from those twenty-five years. This double-disc set, one of two issued by Roulette to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Basie's birth (the other is Count Basie & Friends ), ...

The Johnny Smith Quintet: Moonlight In Vermont

Read "Moonlight In Vermont" reviewed by Chris May

This may be the greatest “forgotten" jazz album of its time.

“Moonlight In Vermont" was originally released as the B side of a single in '52. Its lush, gorgeous, laid back groove--caressed into life by Smith and Stan Getz--made it an immediate radio hit and it was voted Jazz Record Of The Year by Downbeat.

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Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington: Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington: The Complete Sessions

Read "Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington: The Complete Sessions" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Could it be that two of the greatest geniuses contributing to the development of jazz music were born a mere year apart? Yes, it could be. No, it may not be.

Well, it depends on the legitimacy of a birth and the authenticity of records. Louis Armstrong, not knowing his actual birth date and ...