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Monday, December 31, 2012

Have You Heard - Johnny Smith

Shalimar
Have You Heard
Johnny Smith
Arrow LP 1200
1958

From Billboard - June 23, 1958: Arrow Records will issue its first LP shortly. The set will feature organist Johnny Smith...

The terrific space age cover attracted me to this album. The record turns out to be somewhat obscure.

From the back cover: He (Smith) hails from the mid-west where in the small club and cocktail lounge circuit of Ohio And Michigan he has been able to both please the listeners and develop a highly distinctive style that continues to win followers for him. Chris Columbo who drummed with Bill Davis organ-led trio immediately sought out Johnny Smith when he cut away from his own group. Johnny was a perfect fit for the new-formed group and soon was being rated as an important find for jazzdom's organ ranks.

Side one

Not From Dixie
A Quiet Gass
Brief And Breezy
Joanna
The Floater

Side two

A Profound Gass
Slow And Easy
Brothers Go To Mother's
Fallout
Blues For Mother

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