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Drummer/composer Joe Smith had a couple of projects in the can when Happy, his official debut, was released. It features a fine quintet, with Bill McHenry on tenor sax, Benet Palet on trumpet and flute, Joan Monné on piano, and Giulia Valle on bass. The writing is strong and varied, the group's interplay adventurous and playful ("Happy" is in fact a good title). Among Smith's six originals are the quirky, quasi-rock title track, the ambitious "Motion of Slow," and the brightly swinging "Nic's Night." McHenry weighs in with the piano trio ballad "Lady Friend" and two freer pieces, "Ahora" and "Time." And Valle contributes the two-part "Sing a Song," an amazingly well-constructed piece that contains some of the best soloist/rhythm section dialogue on the date. The band displays not only superior musicianship but also a strong and engaging personality. Kudos to the leader for knowing just how to bring it out. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi


Born: 28 June 1902 in Ripley, OH

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Years Active: '20s, '30s

b. 28 June 1902, Ripley, Ohio, USA, d. 2 December 1937. With his father, six brothers and a cousin all playing trumpet, it is hardly surprising that Smith also played the instrument. By his late teens, Smith was playing in New York, where he became a big attraction as musical director and featured soloist with a Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake show. He also established a reputation as a sensitive accompanist to singers, playing and recording with Bessie Smith, Mamie Smith, Ma Rainey and Ethel Waters....
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Happy (feat. Bill McHenry), Joe Smith
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 01 November 2001

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