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Roger Smith

b. 1945, Dallas, Texas, USA. Smith was encouraged from an early age to take music lessons. Growing up in the rural area of central California where his parents were sharecroppers, he began studying piano although he was primarily self-taught. In the 60s, he served in the army, training as a medic. He continued to play music, forming a blues band, Blind Melon. Sitting in with blues artist Freddie King, whose regular piano player had failed to turn up for a club date, led to a job on Smith’s release from the army. He toured with King and then played with various other artists of the blues, jazz, country and pop worlds. Among them have been Gerald Albright, Jeff Beck, Rick Braun, Coke Escovedo, Gladys Knight, Willie Nelson, Phil Perry, Tower Of Power and Peter White.

In 1996, Smith, who also plays Hammond B3, made his own name debut with My Colors. During the time that this album was in the making, Smith’s son and father both died and the resulting emotional turmoil added a dark edge to his music, a quality that set it notably apart from many smooth jazz releases. His next release, Both Sides, appeared in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart for 17 weeks, and a number of awards followed. With its smoothly reflective surface and the hidden depths of soul, Smith’s playing appeals not only to audiences for smooth jazz but also to those who appreciate the spikier seasoning he provides by way of elements of funk and R&B. Among musicians with whom Smith has worked and who have appeared on his albums, are Dave Koz, guitarists Ray Obiedo and Michael Gregory.
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Now that cool jazz
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You should hear him some time when his bass player goes crazy. H e shoots for the moon and hits the target every time.
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tmay1983
LOVE! Him
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This guy is so talented and it is a pleasure sitting back and chillin to this sound. Makes the long day well worth it. This sound makes you kick back and relaxin your birthday suit. (lol)
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This kid on them chords is colder than a Witches tittie
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gstiens
A huge talent no one should overlook!
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ddowell15
Oh my, so so NASTY, I like this
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I love this artist.
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Smooth!!!!!! !
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usholcombs
Incredible.. . . . h o w smooth!
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valerie.ervi n
Lovin this!!!
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"I'm catching feelings" NICE!
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Roger Smith has a 2012 CD 360 - http://www.h e r a l d d e p a r i s . c o m / t h e - k e y b o a r d - p o w e r - b e h i n d - t h e - t o w e r - t h e - i n c r e d i b l e - r o g e r - s m i t h / 1 9 4 5 2 1
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SMOOOOTH!
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I like this (rough cut), it tight... ;-)
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This workin it cut is tihgt...;-)
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Groovin...Ni c e
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I hear my three favorite instruments so I am definitely a fan. Great sound
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Nice
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My first time listening to the brother I am a fan for sure.
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richard4525
Yea. My first time hearing him also. Wow!!
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richard4525
Nice music . . . will purchase for sure!!
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SWEEEEEEETTT a n d looooooooooo o o w
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Go, Rodger, Go.......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Step away for a second...cam e back and heard this side. I said to myself immediately who is this??? Wow...this is a tough side!
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Excellent Ballade, and what a great sound with his band behind. I had never heard his music and right away got the feel of it. Please give more info on Roger Smith.
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jamaicalacy
retired guy
First time hearing this artist reminds me a little of Rodney Franklin
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eljayemusicm a n
Very nice grooves! My first time hearing him too. Funky and groovin' ! the Smooth Jazz oughta be!
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Wow, nice music, very smooth. M.Grayson
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What everyone says. This is smooth at its best
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d-imani
Wish there was more info on him. Love this track--real smooth!
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The embodiment of Smooth Jazz. I just stumbled upon his track. an excellent accidental find. Liked and am anticipating more from this exceptional artist.
Lawrence E. Bell
Arlington,Te x a s
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I love this talented guy. I can listen all night. Go Roger! I got to buy this CD.
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i like his sound smooth
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My first time,too...r e a l l y great!!
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Excellent piece, Got to have more Rodger!!! Go Heels
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hyerp7
'Workin' It' by Roger Smith is the ultimate in Smooth Jazz. Keep it up Roger. Pat H., Blacksburg, VA
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bevkenten
Just hearing him for the first time Wow this is Jazz all funked up! Great Sound.
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Rid dims brother riddim
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super coool makes me feel like what I did the first time I heard Ronnie Laws
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If you ain't tapping your foot to this, YOU ARE DEAF! AWESOMELY FUNKY
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He's simply one of the best...and I'm happy to call him my homeboy from Sacramento. Keep working your flow Roger!
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Very, very nice!!
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I love how he has Peter White on the acoustic solo.
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cnclark68
The very first time I heard this, I was instantly pleased. The various rift changes and raw saxophone and piano sounds stole my attention immediately. . . . . . . Awesome Musician. I would like to know more about Roger Smith, and his music background.
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I must admit that I've never heard of him, my loss, this is as smooth as Smooth Jazz gets.
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so smooth and sweet!
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I like how his misic communicates with the interness of my soul
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love the flow
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So very underrated but very persevering!
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