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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.
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Discography
Albert's House
Beverly Hills BH 1134

Chet Baker, trumpet
Barney Kessel, guitar
Paul Smith, piano, organ
Jim Hugbart, bass
Frank Capp, drums

 
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