Jonathan Smith Quintet | En Route

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En Route

by Jonathan Smith Quintet

Coming straight out of a 30-year fire department career, "Chief" Smith is en route to fulfilling his musical ambitions. If you like some Boogaloo and Blues with your Jazz, check out this great CD!
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Pop
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1. Emily's Dance
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2. Fungii Mama
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3. Shuffle Twist
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5:35 album only
4. Bb Boogaloo
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3:57 $0.99
5. Feel Like Makin' Love
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6. On the Trail
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7. Did You Call Her Today?
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5:02 album only
8. My Little Suede Shoes
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9. Blues for Mandy
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10. Georgia On My Mind
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11. Senor Blues
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Album Notes
"Straight-up, straight ahead jazz..." - All About Jazz - Titled “En Route,” the recording features pianist Bo Ayars, tenor sax/multi-instrumentalist Sam Solano, bassist Robert Stragnell and drummer Matt Farina. An appearance by special guest Ollie McClay adds a memorable bonus track to the mix with his dynamic rendition of Georgia On My Mind, the album’s sole vocal tune. The album combines excellent musicians with some of choice compositions by the likes of Ben Webster, Blue Mitchell, and Gene Ammons. The compact disc also debuts two originals: Blues for Mandy and Emily’s Dance, which may well be the strongest pieces of the session. Landing somewhere in between pop and mainstream jazz, the music is accessible and transmits the joy of the music.

All About Jazz reviewer Dan Bilawsky says ""Portland-based guitarist Jonathan Smith spent three decades putting out fires, but he lets things burn on "En Route." (October 2011)

En route is truly a remarkable outing and shows a guitarist defining and refining his musical personality.


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nick lane

chief Smith blues
Johnny has many talents andd musical ear with a upbeat tempo.He is a Happy Valley resident inspired by My. Hood festival of Jazz Inspiration. The chief is multi talented and adapts to any crowd.

Anders Jonasson

Smokin album
Jonathan Smith is a devoted jazzguitarplayer and he plays in the tradition of the great players that came around end of the fifties beginning of the sixties Grant Green comes to mind. Smith has the same clean crisp sound and there is a lot of blues quality in his playing which in my mind always makes a player more interesting to listen to.Smith has gathered some good sidemen I like saxman Sam Solano he digs deep into the groove.Favorite tunes ..well....My Little Suede Shoes that Parker tune that Green also did .......and Georgia where singer Ollie McClay does a great job.
All in all a very enjoyable album and I am sure we will hear more from Portland based Smith