Johnny Smith (featuring Stan Getz): Moonlight in Vermont


Moonlight in Vermont


Johnny Smith (guitar)


Moonlight in Vermont (Roulette Jazz 93091)

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Johnny Smith (guitar), Stan Getz (tenor sax),

Sanford Gold (piano), Eddie Safranski (bass), Don Lamond (drums)


Composed by John Blackburn & Karl Suessdorf


Recorded: New York, March 11, 1952


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

No jazz instrumental better evokes unsung lyrics than this magical track. As Johnny Smith's icy fingers strum shimmering chords, we visualize moonlit ski trails winding down a mountainside of freshly fallen snow. In time, spring is sprung, and telegraph cables sing valentines down each bend in the back-country road. Summer summons Stan Getz's incomparable tenor, wafting as serenely as a meadowlark warbling across a gently stirring evening breeze. Finally falls a postcard-perfect autumn, with sycamore leaves floating protectively above wishfully strewn pennies in a crystal-clear stream. We understand Vermont's chief export is romance. Must have something to do with their moonlight.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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