Moonlight In Vermont

February 24, 2004 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 16, 1991
  • Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 2004 Parlophone Records, Ltd under exclusive license to Blue Note (R) a registered trademark of Parlophone Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 43:58
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  • ASIN: B000TPVROE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,636 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Clayton Chan on December 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
In modern times, Johnny Smith has become unappreciated and forgotten for the superb artistry he displayed as a jazz guitarist-maestro. Listen to Moonlight in Vermont. It is unique for its combination of pithy feeling and technical virtuosity. Technically, Smith burns on single-note leads and soothes with inventive chord melody playing. Perhaps his style sometimes borders on being too precious and precise, but this is trifling criticism. His style comes from the "cool" school of jazz (Lennie Tristano, et al.), but he imbues his music with too much controlled emotion to be called purely "cool." Also, fine tenor sax work from Stan Getz and Zoot Sims serve as excellent complements to Smith's fretboard excursions. A must have CD for any fan of true, original jazz guitar (eg, fans of Jimmy Raney, Wes Montgomery, Tal Farlow, Joe Pass, Kenny Burrell, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, etc.).
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By dobro2@idcomm.com on September 5, 1998
Format: Audio CD
September 5, 1998
Album reviewed:
Moonlight In Vermont By Johnny smith
Johnny Smith, one of the Premier Guitarist who embraced Be Bop Jazz in the 50s. He is great on this album.
There were some Guitarist in the 50s that were held to be in the same category, as far as being the great ones in Jazz. Johnny Smith, Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow, George Van Eps, and I'm sure there were more that were not well known. It was a great time for guitar. And some of the very best guitars were made during this time period.
Johnny Smith wrote:
Moonlight in Vermont, the title cut of this CD. The song made Smith Famous.
At the time Johnny Smith recorded Moonlight in Vermont, he was working in New York City, 52nd avenue, and playing on the today show, trumpet there. Smith was a self-taught guitarist, but I have never known if he taught himself trumpet or not. Johnny Smith never achieved any fame on trumpet, but he made a pretty good living from the work he had as a trumpet player.
I had bought this album and many more Johnny Smith Albums by 1964. When I went on my first Vacation in Colorado, I stopped in at Johnny Smith's guitar shop in Colorado Springs; he had just opened it about three month before I arrived on Vacation. I got to shake his hand, and talk to him a lot. I'm sure he would have liked for me to have purchased a guitar from him, since he was in business, to make a living, but I didn't need another guitar. He was very friendly to me. I enjoyed my visit wit him much.
Johnny Smith's wife had died, his health had gone bad, the doctor had recommend he leave New York City and move where the sunshine was bright, and the air was pure. So Johnny Smith had opened a Music Store in Colorado Springs, selling guitars and amps.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christoph K. Bennett on July 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I can point to a few albums that really got me into jazz and this is one. Johnny plays on this album with Stan Getz and others. It is a great album. The title song was the Downbeat song of the year for 1952. One knock on Johnny Smith is that he wasn't jazz mainly because his playing was so clean--it sounded too rehearsed, too clean. There are a few outtakes one the CD that will put that to rest. Johnny, himself, admitted he never really thought of himself as a "jazz" guitarist, but more of a session musician. He was on staff with the NBC orchestra back in the day. I think one thing is clear though and this CD bears it out is that Johnny is an important guitarist in the history of jazz guitar. He is the connection between Charlie Christian, and Django Reinhardt to more contemporary players. It's ironic how a man with such a common name made such beautiful music.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Cletus R. Petus on April 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
No heroin habit, no personal inconsistencies to make his life overly complicated and dramatic, no expatriation to Paris or religious fads to sell, no distinguishing anything. Johnny Smith lets his playing do the talking. No one ever played the guitar better. No album has ever been more about the music, and less about peripheral things. Now you know who Johnny Smith is, listen to him and hear the truth behind the myth which says "It's all about the music."
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Woody on July 30, 2006
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In 1954, I started college as a guitar major, and was entranced by guitarists who could play "standards" in a manner that erased reality and created a mood that enveloped listeners. In those days, Johnny Smith was in the forefront of the pack. Now years later, listening to this CD still creates a mellow mood. I plan to use this CD as a holiday gift for my offspring. I know they will benefit from this timeless music, as will any person of any age.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By progpatron01 on June 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This guy was really a great guitarist, and songwritter. On this album he has some of the most recognizeable jazz tunes ever, such as the classic 'yesterday'. This album really helps me close in the gap between old jazz, and modern jazz. He showcases alot of what was to come in the near future. This is a very good jazz album id recommend to any fan of jazz.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Oswald on November 13, 2002
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Nearly 50 years after its inception, this recording indeed stands the test of time. Technology has taken leaps and bounds and I think a re-master to make the earlier tracks as clean as the later tracks would be greatly appreciated. If so, I would not hesitate to call this an absolutely essential album.
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