1) From www.justaddnoise.com
Winding down this group of excellent selections from Sunbeam is Terry Smith's (lead guitarist of jazz-rock legends If) solo debut of groovy, and at times Latin flavored, jazz standards and originals. My taste in jazz normally leans toward the free form improv jam modern style, but this is just the right balance of relaxing and upbeat that I can throw on as background music anytime, and for fans and collectors of traditional jazz this will be a more than a satisfying find. Hip shit, daddy-o.
2) From www.allmusic.com (by Richie Unterberger)
While he might be best known as a guitarist in the British jazz-rock band If , Terry Smith started in the 1960s London jazz scene, though he also gained experience outside jazz by touring with soul singer J.J. Jackson and recording with Georgie Fame . In 1967 he was named Best Jazz Guitarist by a Melody Maker poll, and shortly afterward, he formed a ten-piece band to back pop singer Scott Walker on tour. Walker was also responsible for enabling Smith to record a solo album in 1968, Fall Out
. Although Walker produced the LP as well, it was straight-ahead instrumental modern jazz with no strong similarity to the music Smith played as part of his band. Instead, it featured Smith in both big band and small combo settings, playing high-grade post-bop guitar on a combination of pop standards and (with the small combo) organ-guitar-drums groove-oriented original compositions. Smith then formed If with saxophonist Dick Morrissey , and was with the group for several albums in the early '70s.
Terry Smith's rare late-'60s LP was an accomplished set that showcased his fluid, modern bop-influenced jazz guitar in both big band and small combo settings. Smith plays much in the style of American guitarists working in similar territory during the period, such as Wes Montgomery and Grant Green . The arrangements and playing by the backing musicians on this album, recorded in London , are a little stiffer than what you'll hear on most U.S. sessions, but they get the job done tastefully enough. The vibe gets a little more uninhibited on the two tracks featuring just Smith, organist Bob Stuckley , and drummer Chris Karen . As those two tracks ("Fall Out" and "Early Morning Groove") are the only two Smith originals, one suspects that this is the kind of material that was closest to his heart at the time. Otherwise most of the record is given to interpretations of standards, including "My Man's Gone Now," Cole Porter 's "I Love You," and the Bacharach - David compositions "The Look of Love" and "Windows of the World." While pop star Scott Walker produced, there's no strong resemblance between this and the music Walker was recording at the time, though Walker did make suggestions regarding the material.
3) From www.ilpopolodelblues.com (by Bernardo Cioci)
No longer confined to collectors' circles, the reissue of Terry Smith's lone solo album is a precious little gem of groovy '60s jazz... A friend of Walker's and a fine guitarist, Smith's technical ability is superb and his style very agile. When he recorded this album in 1968, he chose to dedicate it to his main love, jazz - and especially the guitar playing of Wes Montgomery. "Happy jazz" is the term Smith applies to the album, referring to its highly rhythmic and joyful atmosphere. The arrangements are very tasteful, as Smith was able to choose with care which standards to interpret, thanks to the advice of Walker (who acted as producer). All lovers of guitar jazz and excellent interpretations of standards will enjoy this album.