Monday, September 28, 2009
Smiling Jack SMITH - Second Chance 1997
Recorded at Kirios Studio Madrid
Jack Smith was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and grew up in Staten Island, New York. Starting out as a tap-dancer and a singer, he traded in his tap shoes for a guitar at the age of twelve and began writing and composing his own songs almost immediately.
He spent the sixties as a folk singer, working with a vocal group called The Smith Brothers (there was one woman singer in the group, but what the heck), that reached its peak when they made a demo for CBS with the legendary John Hammond, Sr.
The decade drew to a close with the formation of the now mythical band Orville Dorp, which migrated to Vancouver in the early seventies.
The band had it's share of fame with a song called "Jesus Marijuana" which they released as a 45 rpm single, and then passed into history around the time that Jack was given the name Smiling Jack by some friends from a band called Stallion Thumrock.
The name stuck, and Jack stayed in Vancouver for 20 years, becoming a Canadian citizen and raising a son, MacKenzie.
During this 20 years Jack formed a number of interesting groups, from Smiling Jack and the Sparklers through Delta Airtight and ending up with a four piece vocal group called Party Fever, which released an album titled "Ah!... Capella!" in 1988.
Then Jack moved back to the States for a while, singing a bit of country music in Florida and then living in New Jersey again where his focus finally settled on the blues. His first solo album, "Direct To Dat Jack", was recorded in Hoboken in 1993.
A visit to Spain opened up a world of new possibilities and later that year Jack moved his blues to Madrid, where he has been living for the last 12 years with his wife Carmen and their daughter Maria.
During this period Jack released 3 CDs in Spain, "First Night With The Blues" in 1996, "Second Chance" in 1997 and "Three Seconds to Love Me" in 2002
He has just finished recording his fourth CD, "This Blue Before", in Canada, using an all-star line-up of Canadian musicians as well as his Spanish drummer, Quique Villafañe. The recording was produced by the internationally famous jazz guitarist Pat Coleman and features a brilliant horn section led by Phil Dwyer.
Over the course of some 40 years as a working musician, Jack has had the great fortune to work as an opening act for some of the biggest names in show business, including B.B. King, John Mayall, Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Musselwhite, Johnny Clyde Copeland, John Hammond, Jr, and the Reverend Gary Davis.
Jack Smith- Guitars, Vocal
Steve Jordan Hill- Drums, Percussion (Help from Jaime)
Mr. Mus- Bass
William Gibs- Sax
Antonio Serrano- Harmonica
Tony Heymer- Piano
01.If You Cut Me,I Bleed Red 2.47
02.Second Chance 3.10
03.I´m Single 4.55
04.Three Black Crows 3.03
05.La Nana La Mari 2.50
06.We Got The Witch The World 3.50
07.Just A Little Early For The Blues 3.40
08.Mr. Death 3.40
09.Ron Negrita 3.00
10.Looking For Carol 3.52
11.New Shoes Blues 4.18
12.Dady´s Making Money With The Blues 3.17
13.The Raven (Too Fat To Fly) 2.18