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Paul Smith Quartet • Softly, Baby

Paul Smith (San Diego, 17 de abril de 1922 - Torrance, 29 de junio de 2013)1​2​ fue un pianista de jazz. Ha actuado en varios géneros de jazz, más típicamente bebop. Sin embargo, también se ha presentado en cool jazz, swing y pop tradicional.
Nació en San Diego, California. Después de presentarse en sus inicios con Johnny Richards en 1941 y pasar un par de años en el ejército, trabajó con Les Paul (1946-1947) y Tommy Dorsey (1947-1949), antes de mudarse a Los Ángeles y convertirse en un músico de sesión.
Smith grabó temas musicales con frecuencia, tanto con su trío y como solista. Además se ha presentado con artistas como Dizzy Gillespie, Anita O'Day, Buddy DeFranco, Louie Bellson, Steve Allen, Stan Kenton, Mel Tormé y otros.
Entre 1956 y 1978, Smith se desenvolvió como director de orquesta y pianista de Ella Fitzgerald.​
Smith es autor de una serie de libros educativos y CDs, la mayoría de los cuales se centran en explicar su enfoque particular del piano de jazz. Estaba casado desde hace más de 50 años con la cantante y pianista Annette Warren, con quien a menudo actuó y grabó.


Paul Thatcher Smith (April 17, 1922 - June 29, 2013) was an American jazz pianist. He performed in various genres of jazz, most typically bebop, but is best known as an accompanist of singers, especially Ella Fitzgerald.
Smith was born in San Diego, California to parents, Lon Smith and Constance Farmer, who were vaudeville performers and encouraged his interest in music. He began studying piano at age 8, and led a jazz band in high school and became a professional musician at 19 with the Johnny Richards band.
Later life and career
After playing with Richards in 1941 and spending 1943 to 1945 in the military, Smith worked with Les Paul (1946–1947) and Tommy Dorsey (1947–1949) before moving to Los Angeles and becoming a studio musician. Studio work took up much of his time: he worked as a staff musician for NBC and Warner Brothers, and for many years he was the musical director for Dinah Shore’s daytime talk show.
Smith recorded frequently both with his trios and as a soloist. In addition he is featured on work of artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Anita O'Day, Buddy DeFranco, Louie Bellson, Steve Allen, Stan Kenton, Mel Tormé and others. He was the musical director on The Steve Allen Comedy Hour television show in the 1960s.
Between 1956 and 1978, Smith was active as a conductor and pianist for Ella Fitzgerald, although he continued to work with her until the early 1990s.
Smith authored a number of educational books and CDs, most of which focus on explaining his particular approach to jazz piano.
He also worked on film scores and his playing can be heard on the soundtracks of They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and Nickelodeon among some others.
Smith died on June 29, 2013, in Torrance, California of heart failure. He was 91 and performed in Southern California nightclubs, including The Velvet Turtle in Redondo Beach during the 1980s and the Terranea Resort hotel until his death. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Annette Warren; his daughter, actress Lauri Johnson; two sons, Gary and Paul; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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A1 - Softly
A2 - Taking A Chance On Love
A3 - Easy To Love
A4 - Long Live Phineas
A5 - I Didn't Know What Time It Was
B1 - I'll Remember April
B2 - Invitation
B3 - I Got Rhythm
B4 - The Man I Love
B5 - Blues A La P. T.

    Bass – Joe Mondragon
    Drums – Stan Levey
    Guitar – Barney Kessel
    Piano – Paul Smith

Label: Capitol Records ‎– T829
Released: 1957
Genre: Jazz
Styles: Bop, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz

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