Over the years, many acts benefited from the addition of Roger Smith on piano/keyboards. In the late 1990’s, Roger went out on his own, putting his own sound together and hitting number one on the charts with his single “Off the Hook”.
What we hear is original music from an artist with an immense repertoire to call upon. What you don’t hear are gimmicks and production, which clutter the landscape.
Smith’s virtuosity is complimented by his diverse resume. He’s played with Jeff Beck, Gladys Knight, Freddie King, Willie Nelson, and Leon Russell, just to name a few. At Present, Roger holds down the Hammond B-3 seat vacated by the formidable Chester Thompson with the legendary West Coast soul band Tower of Power, maintaining their signature sound with his expert organ play.
As producer and composer, Smith pursues his artistic vision on behalf of the listener, bringing to the table the most capable players available to accomplish that vision. Players such as The Temptations who sing I’ll always Love You on his album Just Enough. In the tradition of Quincy Jones, Roger brings just the right talent to get the job done, be it having the luxury of using the Tower of Power horns for their brand of brass and reeds, or Smooth Jazz household names like Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, or Peter White for their particular sound. In any event, Roger’s efforts have resulted in a compelling body of work.
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