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Simply Stated

by Ronny Smith

A smooth jazz artist who demonstrates eclectic jazz guitar techniques and a diverse mix of tunes, including Bossa-flavored grooves, funky jams, and smooth ballads
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Bossa Awhile
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2. Chillin After Eight
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3. Majorca (remix)
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4. Josey
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5. Laid Back (remix)
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6. She's So Special (remix)
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7. Simply Stated
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8. Fallin in Love with Jesus
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9. Funny How Time Flies
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Guitarist Ronny Smith has performed as a backup musician a wide range of artists from a variety of schools of musical thought, including the Marvellettes Melba Moore, and jazz drummer Bobby Durham. Ronny has performed as a guitarist for various Army bands in Europe, Texas, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Delaware and with various University Jazz bands, including the University of Maryland, Morgan State University, MD, and Elizabeth State University, NC. Ronny continues strive forward building accomplishments and career builders Baltimore, MD - Maryland's charm city, Ronny Smith was born. Acquiring his first stringed instrument, Ronny spent his time playing by ear, while listening to musicians such as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and George Benson who provided the influences. Throughout junior high and high school, he continued to play and enhanced his initial skills by learning to read music. Smith's high school years brought even further development, as he became involved in jazz ensembles both in school and outside of academic confines. Ronny auditioned for an Army band and was accepted... and began playing in Europe for the Army band. Further studies took Ronny from the Army to Elizabeth State University, NC and, finally, to the University of Phoenix, where he completed his Master's degree. Perhaps the formality of those early years did more to shaping Ronny as a guitarist than anyone could have initially imagined....


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LJefferson

Very Enjoyable and Smooth CD
First became aware of this CD via SmoothJazz.com and it is worth the price. His playing will have you grooving in a funk and a laid back mood. Worth the price.

Bishop Larry D. Manning, Sr.

This CD is smooth, relaxing and refreshing.
Ronnie this is an AWESOME Cd. God Bless!

Smoothjazz.com Review

Intriguing & Inviting!
Ask Ronny Smith about his musical influences and you’ll get an all-star list of guitarists that include Earl Klugh, George Benson, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass. There is no doubt that he learned his lessons well from listening to these masters. His latest release, SIMPLY STATED, is a superb showcase of outstanding guitar playing and exceptional songwriting. While many artists with similar influences tend to emulate, Smith has managed to avoid replication and find his own voice. The Baltimore guitarist has performed as a back up player for a variety of artists including Melba Moore (The Marvelettes) and jazz drummer Bobby Durham. He has traipsed across Europe and the U.S. playing with an assortment of Army and university jazz bands. The smooth jazzer leads off his third album by pulling no punches with the smokin’ hot “Bossa Awhile.” Right away he makes an emphatic declaration that he has the chops and he’s not afraid to display them. In the 1970’s Steely Dan forged a whole new musical landscape and with Smith’s take of their “Josie,” he does the nearly impossible… he delivers a fresh, intriguing take on a classic. “Chillin’ After Eight” has a stylish, radio-friendly Smooth Jazz feel to it while the “Majorca” remix is a genial and inviting tune with a dulcet, sultry groove. Simply stated (pun very much intended), Ronny Smith should be a staple on your CD player. ~BETH LEWIS