Johnny Smith (featuring Stan Getz): Moonlight in Vermont
Moonlight in Vermont
Johnny Smith (guitar)
Moonlight in Vermont (Roulette Jazz 93091)
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