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Paul Smith
Paul (* 1922) was a brilliant pianist with technique on the level of an Oscar Peterson, but a musician who never really dedicated himself to jazz. After playing early on with Johnny Richards in 1941 and spending a couple years in the military, he worked with Les Paul (1946-1947) and Tommy Dorsey (1947-1949) before moving to Los Angeles and becoming a studio musician. Paul recorded frequently both with his trios and as a soloist. In addition to recording with Dizzy Gillespie, Anita O'Day, Buddy DeFranco, Louie Bellson, Steve Allen, and Stan Kenton (among others), he toured with Ella Fitzgerald off and on during 1956-1978. Smith died in 2013 at the age of 91.


Albert's House
Beverly Hills BH 1134
released 1969
Chet Baker, trumpet
Barney Kessel, guitar
Paul Smith, piano, organ
Jim Hugbart, bass
Frank Capp, drums
Arista AL 4096
released 1976
recorded June 1976 in Burbank, CA/USA
Harvey Mason, guitar, vibes, strings, percussion, vocals
Earnie Watts, alto sax, tenor sax
Bruce Fowler, trombone
Sally Mason, trombone
Kenny Mason, trumpet, synthesizer, vocals
Seawind Horns, horns
Michael McGloiry, guitar
Ray Parker, guitar
Lee Ritenour, guitar
Mike Simbello, guitar
Jan Hammer, synthesizer
Greg Phillinganes, piano
Jerry Peters, piano, synthesizer
Patrice Rushen, piano
Paul Smith, organ, piano
Ian Underwood, synthesizer
Larry Williams, piano
string section
Keith Hatchel, bass
Anthony Jackson, bass
James Jamerson, bass
Louis Johnson, bass
Kenny Wild, bass
Jerry Hey, vocals

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