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Album: Legends: Solo Guitar Performances
# Song Title   Time
1)    I'm Old Fashioned More Info... 2:21
2)    Macho's Lullaby More Info... 2:07
3)    'Round Midnight More Info... 2:47
4)    Wally's Waltz More Info... 1:30
5)    Black, Black, Black More Info... 2:28
6)    Golden Earrings More Info... 3:02
7)    Romance De Los Pinos More Info... 1:34
8)    Norteña More Info... 3:01
9)    Maid With The Flaxen Hair More Info... 2:13
10)    Waltz More Info... 2:33
11)    The Old Castle More Info... 3:56
12)    Sevilla More Info... 4:18
13)    Cheek To Cheek More Info... 2:21
14)    A Foggy Day More Info... 4:16
15)    Tangerine More Info... 1:12
16)    Sunny More Info... 2:19
17)    Why Was I Born? More Info... 1:23
18)    I Didn't Know What Time It Was More Info... 2:37
19)    Tea For Two More Info... 5:22
20)    The Man I Love More Info... 4:32
21)    For You More Info... 1:42
22)    I Hadn't Anyone Till You More Info... 2:04
23)    I Could Write A Book More Info... 2:22
 

Album: Legends: Solo Guitar Performances
# Song Title   Time
1)    I'm Old Fashioned More Info... 2:21
2)    Macho's Lullaby More Info... 2:07
3)    'Round Midnight More Info... 2:47
4)    Wally's Waltz More Info... 1:30
5)    Black, Black, Black More Info... 2:28
6)    Golden Earrings More Info... 3:02
7)    Romance De Los Pinos More Info... 1:34
8)    Norteña More Info... 3:01
9)    Maid With The Flaxen Hair More Info... 2:13
10)    Waltz More Info... 2:33
11)    The Old Castle More Info... 3:56
12)    Sevilla More Info... 4:18
13)    Cheek To Cheek More Info... 2:21
14)    A Foggy Day More Info... 4:16
15)    Tangerine More Info... 1:12
16)    Sunny More Info... 2:19
17)    Why Was I Born? More Info... 1:23
18)    I Didn't Know What Time It Was More Info... 2:37
19)    Tea For Two More Info... 5:22
20)    The Man I Love More Info... 4:32
21)    For You More Info... 1:42
22)    I Hadn't Anyone Till You More Info... 2:04
23)    I Could Write A Book More Info... 2:22
 
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  • Personnel: Johnny Smith (acoustic guitar), George Van Eps (electric 7-string guitar).
  • Personnel: Johnny Smith (guitar); George Van Eps (guitar).
  • Liner Note Author: Jim Ferguson .
  • Recording information: Colorado Springs, CO (12/23/1976-04/13/1994); Sage & Sound Recording, Hollywo (12/23/1976-04/13/1994).
  • Photographers: Mark Reis; Bruce Burr.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Mark Reis.
  • Students of jazz guitar are inevitably drawn to those sultans of swing Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery, whose playing approximated the rhythmic excitement and melodic intricacy of horn players such as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. But there is a parallel tradition in which the guitar is treated less as a horn than as an orchestral instrument, and with the release of LEGENDS, listeners are treated to an exemplary recital by two fabled chord melody masters. Both deploy a full array of moving bass lines, harmonically sophisticated chord changes and supple melodic variations to make their treatments of classical pieces and American popular songs come alive.
  • Johnny Smith, performing on an acoustic arch-top 6-string guitar, evokes Andres Segovia in his treatment of classics by Albeniz, Ponce, Mussorgsky and Debussy, while bravura interpretations of "Round Midnight" and "Golden Earrings" demonstrate Smith's sweeping emotional range, impeccable ear for chordal color and crystalline picking attack. On the other hand, George Van Eps, employing an electric-acoustic arch-top 7-string, treats his instrument almost like a piano. Expansive performances such as "A Foggy Day," "Tea For Two" and "The Man I Love" are remarkable for the guitarist's harmonic juggling, as he keeps multiple voices moving in contrary motion with a beautifully nuanced timbre, dreamy melodic relaxation, and nary a wasted note. LEGENDS is a perfect recording.
Professional Reviews
JazzTimes (12/94, p.117) - "...Having these two masters 'alone together' gives us two portraits of the art and craft of solo guitar....Smith is more...jazz, classical, folk and Spanish music...Van Eps known for his seven-string guitar and harmonic inventiveness...sticks to jazz standards..."
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