Ruth Price Sings with the Johnny Smith Quartet
  • Johnny Smith
    Johnny Smith
  • Ruth Price
    Ruth Price

Ruth Price

Ruth Price Sings with the Johnny Smith Quartet

Fresh Sound Records

Ruth Price (vcl), Johnny Smith (g), Johnny Rae (vib), Clyde Lombardy (b), John Lee (d)

Reference: FSRCD 036


01. I'm Nobody's Baby (Davis-Santly-Ager) 1:59
02. It Never Entered My Mind (Rodgers-Hart) 3:56
03. A Wonderful Guy (Rodgers-Hammerstein) 2:12
04. Until the Real Thing Comes Along (Freeman-Cahn-Chaplin) 3:39
05. This Heart of Mine (Freed-Warren) 2:41
06. When You Wish Upon a Star (Harline-Washington) 3:37
07. Time After Time (Cahn-Styne) 2:40
08. Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins) 3:28
09. Back in Your Own Backyard (Jolson-Rose-Dreyer) 2:08
10. I'll Be Seeing You (Cahal-Fain) 3:21
11. Run Little Rain Drop, Run (Warren-Gordon) 2:29
12. A Sleepin' Bee (Arlen-Capot) 3:25

Album details

Originally issued as Royal Roost LP 2217

Ruth Price (vocals), Johnny Smith (guitar), Johnny Rae (vibes), Clyde Lombardy (bass), John Lee (drums).
Recorded in New York City, 1956

Cover photo: Chuck Stewart
Liner notes: Barry Ulanov
Recordings originally supervised by Teddy Reig
Produced for CD reissue by Jordi Pujol

Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"This album is a set of standards delivered by Ruth Price (who didn't make enough albums during her performing career), backed by Johnny Smith, one of jazz's eminent guitarists. Smith gained significant notoriety with his album Moonlight in Vermont, which Down Beat named as jazz album of the year, while Price performed in relative obscurity throughout her short career. Because this CD, originally issued by Teddy Reig's Roost Records, offers just a mite more than a half hour's worth of music, each note should be savored. Price and Smith work wonderfully well together on tasteful arrangements played in an urbane, intelligent, and subdued manner. There are no pyrotechnics on this session. Their collaboration on "This Heart of Mine" rivals Sarah Vaughan's classic rendition. Gordon Jenkins' "Goodbye," with Smith's dramatic guitar and John Rae's softly stroked vibes playing in support of Price, is a highlight of the album. On "When You Wish Upon a Star," made popular by Ukelele Ike Edwards in Pinocchio, Smith abandons his chordal playing for a single string approach behind Price. While comprised mostly of slow ballads, the serious atmosphere is relieved from time to time with an upbeat number, such as "Time after Time" and a bouncy "Back in Your Own Back Yard," done with swinging merriment. Not blessed with an overwhelming voice or great range, Price concentrates on her interpretative skills as she works her cool vocals with very good results. Price didn't record a lot during her career, but what is available is well worth having."

-Dave Nathan -All Music Guide


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