JIMMY SMITH

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Jimmy Smith was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania in 1925. Both of his parents were pianists, and his father became his primary teacher, although Smith admitted to Leonard Feather that Bud Powell in neighboring Willow Grove also had an impact.

A prodigy who won a Major Bowes contest in 1935, Smith quickly gained experience working throughout western Pennsylvania, performing on the radio in Philadelphia, and teaming with his dad for nightclub work. After serving with the Navy in the Pacific toward the end of World War II, he returned to Philadelphia and began formal musical training, studying harmony and theory at the Halsey Music School (Clifford Brown was a classmate), string bass at Hamilton School of Music, and piano at Ornstein through 1950.

It was while playing in the rhythm-and-blues combo of Don Gardner, who Smith joined in 1952, that he heard Wild Bill Davis and became interested in the organ. This
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5 Original Albums [5 CD]5 Original Albums [5 CD]
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Blue Note 2018
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Damn!Damn!
Verve Records 1995
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Enlightenment 2019
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Home Cookin'Home Cookin'
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Blue Note 2004
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8 Classic Albums8 Classic Albums
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Off the TopOff the Top
Elektra / Wea 1990
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Prayer MeetingPrayer Meeting
Blue Note Records 1990
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Root DownRoot Down
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Midnight SpecialMidnight Special
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RARE ORIGINAL Jimmy Smith ‎”Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?” Vinyl Record RARE ORIGINAL Jimmy Smith ‎”Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?” Vinyl Record USD $1.00 (1 bids)
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Jimmy Smith Respect 12 Jimmy Smith Respect 12" Vinyl LP 1967 Verve V6-8705 gatefold Organ Soul Original USD $9.99 Buy It Now 14h
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JIMMY SMITH A New Sound, a New Star: At the Organ Vol. 1 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
A New Sound, a New Star: At the Organ Vol. 1
Hard Bop 1956
JIMMY SMITH A New Sound, a New Star: At the Organ Vol. 2 album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
A New Sound, a New Star: At the Organ Vol. 2
Jazz Related Blues 1956
JIMMY SMITH At the Organ, Volume 3 album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
At the Organ, Volume 3
Jazz Related Blues 1956
JIMMY SMITH At The Organ Vol 1 album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
At The Organ Vol 1
Jazz Related Blues 1957
JIMMY SMITH At The Organ Vol 2 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
At The Organ Vol 2
Hard Bop 1957
JIMMY SMITH The Sounds of Jimmy Smith album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Sounds of Jimmy Smith
Hard Bop 1957
JIMMY SMITH Jimmy Smith Plays Pretty Just For You album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Jimmy Smith Plays Pretty Just For You
Hard Bop 1957
JIMMY SMITH Just Friends album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Just Friends
Soul Jazz 1958
JIMMY SMITH House Party (aka Just Friends aka Vol 4 Jazz Collection) album cover 4.38 | 4 ratings
House Party (aka Just Friends aka Vol 4 Jazz Collection)
Hard Bop 1958
JIMMY SMITH The Sermon! album cover 4.57 | 6 ratings
The Sermon!
Hard Bop 1959
JIMMY SMITH Crazy! Baby album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Crazy! Baby
Hard Bop 1960
JIMMY SMITH Home Cookin' album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Home Cookin'
Soul Jazz 1960
JIMMY SMITH Straight Life album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Straight Life
Jazz Related Blues 1961
JIMMY SMITH Midnight Special album cover 4.44 | 4 ratings
Midnight Special
Hard Bop 1961
JIMMY SMITH Bashin' The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith album cover 4.15 | 4 ratings
Bashin' The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith
Jazz Related Blues 1962
JIMMY SMITH Plays Fats Waller album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Plays Fats Waller
Jazz Related Blues 1962
JIMMY SMITH Back at the Chicken Shack album cover 4.63 | 14 ratings
Back at the Chicken Shack
Jazz Related Blues 1963
JIMMY SMITH Rockin' the Boat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rockin' the Boat
Hard Bop 1963
JIMMY SMITH Hobo Flats album cover 3.14 | 2 ratings
Hobo Flats
Jazz Related Blues 1963
JIMMY SMITH Any Number Can Win (aka The Sermon) album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Any Number Can Win (aka The Sermon)
Jazz Related Blues 1963
JIMMY SMITH Christmas '64 (aka Christmas Cookin') album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Christmas '64 (aka Christmas Cookin')
Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk 1964
JIMMY SMITH Prayer Meetin' album cover 4.08 | 4 ratings
Prayer Meetin'
Jazz Related Blues 1964
JIMMY SMITH Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Soul Jazz 1964
JIMMY SMITH The Cat album cover 4.50 | 6 ratings
The Cat
Jazz Related Blues 1964
JIMMY SMITH Organ Grinder Swing (aka Ein Jazz-Porträt) album cover 4.50 | 4 ratings
Organ Grinder Swing (aka Ein Jazz-Porträt)
Hard Bop 1965
JIMMY SMITH La métamorphose des cloportes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
La métamorphose des cloportes
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1965
JIMMY SMITH Monster album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Monster
Soul Jazz 1965
JIMMY SMITH Softly as a Summer Breeze album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Softly as a Summer Breeze
Hard Bop 1965
JIMMY SMITH Bucket album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Bucket
Hard Bop 1966
JIMMY SMITH Peter & The Wolf album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Peter & The Wolf
Progressive Big Band 1966
JIMMY SMITH Jimmy And Wes:The Dynamic Duo album cover 4.34 | 7 ratings
Jimmy And Wes:The Dynamic Duo
Jazz Related Blues 1966
JIMMY SMITH Swings Along With Stranger In Paradise (aka Fantastic aka The Fantastic Jimmy Smith aka Jeepers Creepers) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swings Along With Stranger In Paradise (aka Fantastic aka The Fantastic Jimmy Smith aka Jeepers Creepers)
Soul Jazz 1966
JIMMY SMITH Open House album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Open House
Soul Jazz 1966
JIMMY SMITH Hoochie Coochie Man album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Hoochie Coochie Man
Jazz Related Blues 1966
JIMMY SMITH Got My Mojo Workin' album cover 4.68 | 5 ratings
Got My Mojo Workin'
Soul Jazz 1966
JIMMY SMITH Respect album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Respect
Jazz Related Blues 1967
JIMMY SMITH I'm Movin' On album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
I'm Movin' On
Hard Bop 1967
JIMMY SMITH Plays the Standards album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays the Standards
Hard Bop 1967
JIMMY SMITH Plain Talk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plain Talk
Hard Bop 1968
JIMMY SMITH Livin' It Up album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Livin' It Up
Hard Bop 1968
JIMMY SMITH Stay Loose album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stay Loose
Hard Bop 1968
JIMMY SMITH Further Adventures of Jimmy and Wes album cover 3.57 | 4 ratings
Further Adventures of Jimmy and Wes
Soul Jazz 1969
JIMMY SMITH The Fantastic Jimmy Smith album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Fantastic Jimmy Smith
Soul Jazz 1969
JIMMY SMITH The Exciting Jimmy Smith With The Don Gardner Trio (aka Jug Head) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Exciting Jimmy Smith With The Don Gardner Trio (aka Jug Head)
Soul Jazz 1969
JIMMY SMITH Groove Drops album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Groove Drops
Hard Bop 1969
JIMMY SMITH The Other Side of Jimmy Smith album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Other Side of Jimmy Smith
Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk 1970
JIMMY SMITH I'm Gon' Git Myself Together album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I'm Gon' Git Myself Together
Funk Jazz 1971
JIMMY SMITH In a Plain Brown Wrapper album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In a Plain Brown Wrapper
Hard Bop 1971
JIMMY SMITH Bluesmith album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bluesmith
Hard Bop 1972
JIMMY SMITH Portuguese Soul album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Portuguese Soul
Hard Bop 1973
JIMMY SMITH Blacksmith album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blacksmith
Funk Jazz 1974
JIMMY SMITH Paid In Full album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paid In Full
Hard Bop 1974
JIMMY SMITH Sit on It! album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Sit on It!
Hard Bop 1977
JIMMY SMITH Unfinished Business album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Unfinished Business
Hard Bop 1978
JIMMY SMITH Confirmation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Confirmation
Hard Bop 1979
JIMMY SMITH The Cat Strikes Again (aka The Big Brawl) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Cat Strikes Again (aka The Big Brawl)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1980
JIMMY SMITH Second Coming album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Second Coming
Hard Bop 1981
JIMMY SMITH Off the Top album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Off the Top
Hard Bop 1982
JIMMY SMITH Jimmy Smith Trio + LD album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jimmy Smith Trio + LD
Hard Bop 1985
JIMMY SMITH Go for Whatcha Know album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Go for Whatcha Know
Jazz Related Blues 1986
JIMMY SMITH Prime Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Prime Time
Jazz Related Blues 1989
JIMMY SMITH Sum Serious Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sum Serious Blues
Soul Jazz 1993
JIMMY SMITH The Master album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Master
Hard Bop 1993
JIMMY SMITH The Master II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Master II
Hard Bop 1993
JIMMY SMITH Angel Eyes: Ballads & Slow Jams album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Angel Eyes: Ballads & Slow Jams
Hard Bop 1995
JIMMY SMITH Damn! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Damn!
Hard Bop 1995
JIMMY SMITH Angel Eyes : Ballads & Slow Jams album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Angel Eyes : Ballads & Slow Jams
Hard Bop 1996
JIMMY SMITH Lonesome Road album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lonesome Road
Hard Bop 1996
JIMMY SMITH Six Views Of The Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Six Views Of The Blues
Jazz Related Blues 1999
JIMMY SMITH Dot Com Blues album cover 3.55 | 3 ratings
Dot Com Blues
Jazz Related Blues 2000
JIMMY SMITH Daybreak album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Daybreak
Hard Bop 2002

JIMMY SMITH EPs & splits

JIMMY SMITH Jimmy Smith / Dave 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jimmy Smith / Dave "Baby" Cortez: Organ Greats
Hard Bop 1965
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Starring Jimmy Smith / Also Starring Dave "Baby" Cortez (aka Midnight Blues aka Jimmy Smith E Dave "Baby" Cortez)
Hard Bop 1970

JIMMY SMITH live albums

JIMMY SMITH At Club Baby Grand Wilmington, Delaware, Vol. 1 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
At Club Baby Grand Wilmington, Delaware, Vol. 1
Hard Bop 1956
JIMMY SMITH At Club Baby Grand Wilmington, Delaware, Vol. 2 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
At Club Baby Grand Wilmington, Delaware, Vol. 2
Hard Bop 1956
JIMMY SMITH A Date with Jimmy Smith - Volume 1 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
A Date with Jimmy Smith - Volume 1
Hard Bop 1957
JIMMY SMITH A Date with Jimmy Smith - Volume 2 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
A Date with Jimmy Smith - Volume 2
Hard Bop 1957
JIMMY SMITH Groovin' At Smalls Paradise Vol. 1 album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
Groovin' At Smalls Paradise Vol. 1
Hard Bop 1957
JIMMY SMITH Groovin' at Small's Paradise, Volume 2 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Groovin' at Small's Paradise, Volume 2
Hard Bop 1957
JIMMY SMITH Live at the Village Gate (aka The Amazing Jimmy Smith Trio Live! aka The Explosive Jimmy Smith) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Village Gate (aka The Amazing Jimmy Smith Trio Live! aka The Explosive Jimmy Smith)
Hard Bop 1963
JIMMY SMITH Live In Concert (aka Salle Pleyel May 28th, 1965) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Concert (aka Salle Pleyel May 28th, 1965)
Hard Bop 1965
JIMMY SMITH Incredible! (aka In Hamburg - Live!) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Incredible! (aka In Hamburg - Live!)
Soul Jazz 1965
JIMMY SMITH The Boss album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Boss
Jazz Related Blues 1969
JIMMY SMITH Live In Israel album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Israel
Soul Jazz 1971
JIMMY SMITH Root Down album cover 4.47 | 10 ratings
Root Down
Soul Jazz 1972
JIMMY SMITH Newport in New York '72: The Jimmy Smith Jam, Vol 5 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Newport in New York '72: The Jimmy Smith Jam, Vol 5
Soul Jazz 1972
JIMMY SMITH Root Down: Jimmy Smith Live! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Root Down: Jimmy Smith Live!
Funk Jazz 1972
JIMMY SMITH '75 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Soul Jazz 1975
JIMMY SMITH It's Necessary - Live From Jimmy Smith's Supper Club album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
It's Necessary - Live From Jimmy Smith's Supper Club
Soul Jazz 1977
JIMMY SMITH Cool Blues album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Cool Blues
Hard Bop 1980
JIMMY SMITH Keep on Comin' album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Keep on Comin'
Hard Bop 1983
JIMMY SMITH Fourmost album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fourmost
Hard Bop 1991
JIMMY SMITH Jimmy Smith and Eddie Harris: All the Way Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jimmy Smith and Eddie Harris: All the Way Live
Hard Bop 1996
JIMMY SMITH Immortal Concerts : Club Baby Grand, Wilmington De album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Immortal Concerts : Club Baby Grand, Wilmington De
Hard Bop 2000
JIMMY SMITH Fourmost Return album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fourmost Return
Hard Bop 2001
JIMMY SMITH The Cat Swings Again album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Cat Swings Again
Hard Bop 2002

JIMMY SMITH demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

JIMMY SMITH re-issues & compilations

JIMMY SMITH Jimmy Smith & Dave 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jimmy Smith & Dave "Baby" Cortez ‎: Organ Greats
Soul Jazz 1965
JIMMY SMITH Jimmy Smith's Greatest Hits album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Jimmy Smith's Greatest Hits
Jazz Related Blues 1969
JIMMY SMITH Golden Archive Series album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Golden Archive Series
Soul Jazz 1970
JIMMY SMITH Jimmy Smith album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Jimmy Smith
Jazz Related Blues 1975
JIMMY SMITH Verve Jazz Masters 29 album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Verve Jazz Masters 29
Hard Bop 1994
JIMMY SMITH The Complete February 1957 Jimmy Smith Blue Note Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete February 1957 Jimmy Smith Blue Note Sessions
Hard Bop 1994
JIMMY SMITH Walk on the Wild Side: Best of Verve Years album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Walk on the Wild Side: Best of Verve Years
Hard Bop 1995
JIMMY SMITH Cherokee album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cherokee
Hard Bop 1996
JIMMY SMITH A New Sound... A New Star, Volume 1-3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A New Sound... A New Star, Volume 1-3
Hard Bop 1997
JIMMY SMITH Got My Mojo Workin'/Hoochie Coochie Man album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Got My Mojo Workin'/Hoochie Coochie Man
Hard Bop 1997
JIMMY SMITH Standards album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Standards
Hard Bop 1998
JIMMY SMITH Jimmy Smith's Finest Hour album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jimmy Smith's Finest Hour
Hard Bop 2000
JIMMY SMITH Retrospective album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Retrospective
Hard Bop 2004
JIMMY SMITH The Preacher album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Preacher
Hard Bop 2005
JIMMY SMITH Music for Lovers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Music for Lovers
Hard Bop 2006
JIMMY SMITH The Finest in Jazz album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Finest in Jazz
Hard Bop 2007
JIMMY SMITH The Complete Sermon Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Sermon Sessions
Hard Bop 2009
JIMMY SMITH Respect / Livin' It Up album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Respect / Livin' It Up
Hard Bop 2010
JIMMY SMITH Plays The Hits: Great Songs, Great Performances album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays The Hits: Great Songs, Great Performances
Soul Jazz 2010
JIMMY SMITH Standards / The Sermon / Cool Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Standards / The Sermon / Cool Blues
Hard Bop 2012
JIMMY SMITH Blue Note Jazz Inspiration album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blue Note Jazz Inspiration
Hard Bop 2012
JIMMY SMITH The Complete Verve Singles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Verve Singles
Jazz Related RnB 2016
JIMMY SMITH Complete 1957-1959 Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete 1957-1959 Sessions
Hard Bop 2017
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5 Original Albums
Hard Bop 2018

JIMMY SMITH singles (1)

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Walk on the Wild Side / The Preacher
Hard Bop 1963

JIMMY SMITH movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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JIMMY SMITH Reviews

JIMMY SMITH Midnight Special

Album · 1961 · Hard Bop
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Out of curiosity I looked up the definition of the word “cool” (as it pertains to art, that is) and soon realized that there is no description of that adjective that completely satisfies me in the modern dictionaries I consulted. So I’ll humbly offer my own and hope it enhances the general English-speaking vernacular. Cool = A coveted state of timeless existence that nothing disreputable or negative can find a way into and where perfection is possible to achieve. Okay, so it’s sorely lacking in scope and/or intellectual integrity but that’s how I feel about what Jimmy Smith and his talented cohorts did on his 1961 release, “Midnight Special.” It is irrefutably “cool.”

Of course, being a devotee of the charms associated with the magnificent Hammond B3 organ may play a big part in my assessment but that can’t be helped. In my book it’s one of the most expression-conducive of musical instruments ever invented and there’s just something about how, in the hands of a professional like Mr. Smith, it can penetrate the walls of my very soul like few others can. Jimmy was one of the very first to realize the Hammond’s vast potential and he successfully demonstrated to all that it belonged in the jazz realm just as much as the saxophone and the guitar. I’m sure the B3 had its haters because it tended to flood any given room with its massive aura, thus drowning out the more delicate tools of the trade in the process, but Smith wasn’t going to let the organ’s inherent obesity keep it out of the mainstream. What he did was to gather some of the genre’s best players in the studio and allow them to curl their artistry around the Hammond’s warm personality in a congenial environment. The result is a sizeable body of work that will endure for centuries to come. All of Jimmy’s albums have something in them to enjoy but I daresay you’ll find none more fulfilling than “Midnight Special.”

The title cut starts things off wonderfully. Don’t let the title fool you. It’s not a hokey instrumental version of the old rockabilly hit but a mature, flowing jazz piece written by Smith himself. Let me tell you, it doesn’t get any “cooler” than this. The vibe that he, tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, guitarist Kenny Burrell and drummer Donald Bailey concoct is so relaxed and smooth that it transports you to another time and place entirely. This is a brand of jazz that really needs no explanation. Turrentine’s “A Subtle One” is next and its infectious melody rides atop a snazzy shuffle laid down by Donald’s kit and Jimmy’s understated bass pedal work. The song also features an intriguing chord progression and Smith utilizes a very muted tone to surround Stanley’s sensuous sax before dialing up some treble to add punch to his outstanding organ solo. The combo’s rendition of the classic “Jumpin’ the Blues” is next and they establish a peppy, playful groove for it to travel in. Turrentine flits atop Jimmy’s creative chording for a while then steps back to let the B3 take command. Smith hunkers down and lets the magic stream out of his fingertips and it becomes crystal clear why the man was such an enormous influence on all who ever sat down at a Hammond. It’s worth mentioning that Mr. Burrell turns in a performance on his guitar that is sleek and sure.

A 1929 chestnut entitled “Why Was I Born?” by Jerome Kern (from the musical “Sweet Adeline”) gets a serene treatment from the quartet that transcends the norm. This old-school ballad begins with just organ and sax before Bailey’s drums slide in almost without notice. Stanley’s tone is like the finest of silk and there’s no showboating or overplaying in the vicinity as Jimmy backs him up exquisitely, taking advantage of the host of subtle variations in timbre that the B3 can offer. Turrentine’s saxophone flourish at the end is to die for. The record ends with a great version of Count Basie’s famous “One O’clock Jump.” Smith shifts his Hammond from cruise mode to a deep growl repeatedly and his pedal-generated “walking” bass line is sublime. The fact is that no one, absolutely no one knew how to manipulate the idiosyncrasies of the B3 like Jimmy did. He was a master.

Smith was one prolific dude, no doubt. He did 40 sessions for the Blue Note label in an eight year period from the late 50s to the mid 60s and this was but one of them. I don’t claim to have heard even a decent fraction of his output during his impressive career but I have yet to hear anything that I’d consider pedestrian. “Midnight Special” may not be the ultimate Jimmy Smith album but if you’re wanting to hear what made him so revered by keyboard players the world over then this album will educate you thoroughly in a little over a half an hour. Personally, I could listen to this kind of “cool” jazz every day.

JIMMY SMITH Jimmy Smith's Greatest Hits

Boxset / Compilation · 1969 · Jazz Related Blues
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With so many Jimmy Smith compilations out there, on vinyl and CD, its hard to tell which might be the best one to go for. If you are looking at your vinyl options, then “Jimmy Smith’s Greatest Hits” (BST 89901) on Blue Note might be the best way to go. All of the tunes on here were recorded between 1957 and 1963, which many consider to be the peak of Smith’s studio recording career. During this time with Blue Note, Smith developed his signature style of virtuoso hard bop riffs played over simple blues changes. Later in his career, on other labels, Smith would veer off into soul jazz, pop, disco and other commercial concerns, but his recordings with Blue Note were always pure jazz blues, some of the most unpretentious and satisfying music you will find. Jimmy’s pioneering work on the B3 is so strong that it went on to influence thousands from Joey DeFrancesco to Jon Lord.

The choice of tunes on here is quite good and some all time favorites can be found including “The Serman” and “Midnight Special”. Other top cuts include the high speed bop dexterity of “The Champ” and the rockin old school RnB of “Prayer Meetin”. There are no duds on here. Blue Note issued another double vinyl Jimmy Smith best of in the mid-70s, but the choice of tunes is better on this earlier compilation, and the sound quality is better too.

JIMMY SMITH Further Adventures of Jimmy and Wes

Album · 1969 · Soul Jazz
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“The Further Adventures of Jimmy and Wes” marked the second time that the great Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery got together to make an album. The first one, “Jimmy and Wes, the Dynamic Duo”, was a high powered glitzy affair with lots of flashy big band orchestrations from Oliver Nelson. This second time around, things are toned down a bit with Nelson’s band appearing only on “Milestones”. The rest of the album presents the dynamic duo backed only by Grady Tate on drums and Ray Barretto on percussion for a more intimate smoky club type feel. Likewise, most of the music on ‘Further Adventures” is also a little more laid back too. Although this Creed Taylor production was made with some commercial potential for its time, this is hardly easy listening and both Jimmy and Wes turn in excellent solos on every tune.

These two virtuosos make a great contrast and compliment each other well. Wes knows all the expected jazz/blues clichés and likewise knows how to subvert them and turn them inside out. Much of his playing is about clever twists on soulful riffs. Jimmy on the other hand is given more to high speed runs and amazing dexterity. Although their individual playing on here holds its integrity throughout, the material they are given to work with is a mixed bag. “OGD” is a nice RnB/jazz groove number and so is “Mellow Mood” which, despite what the title would suggest, ends up being their most energetic number with the best solos on the album. “Maybe September” is a quiet mysterious ballad with odd tone colors from Smith and a great solo from Wes that pushes at the harmonic boundaries of the song. “Milestones” has the big band flash of their previous album, but rolls by rather quickly. The other two songs come across as commercial fluff and don’t give our dynamic duo much to work with.

Fans of Jimmy and Wes, as well as fans of 60s jazzy groove music, will probably find a lot to enjoy on here. Despite the slightly commercial leanings of this outing, the dynamic duo play like that they mean it from beginning to end.

JIMMY SMITH Golden Archive Series

Boxset / Compilation · 1970 · Soul Jazz
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Released in 1970, MGM’s “Jimmy Smith Golden Archive Series” is an LP that features a collection of tunes Smith recorded in the mid 60s on the Verve label. Although much of Smith’s output over the years involved mixing blues with jazz, the resultant music he created covered a wide variety within that blues/jazz language. Whereas Jimmy’s classic Blue Note recordings were dry pure distilled blues-hard bop with no frills and usually recorded with small combos, his recordings with Verve had much more production, quite often a backing big band and included some pop tunes of the day along with the blues. The presence of some sugar coating and pop melodies though does not mean that these songs are overly commercial sellouts. This is still a solid jazz record and not near as commercial as some of the discofied music Smith and other B3 players would put out in the 70s and 80s.

The sound and production on this album is excellent and if you are looking for some mid-60s Jimmy Smith on vinyl, this collection goes for much cheaper than the albums these songs were originally pulled from. Most of the tunes on here are good, but one highlight, if you like good Hammond cheeze, is Jimmy’s melodic remake of the ultra-catchy pop classic “1-2-3”. One classic Smith Verve song that is missing from this collection is “The Cat”, one of his best known songs from that era.

JIMMY SMITH Root Down

Live album · 1972 · Soul Jazz
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Go Jimmy! This is one of my all-time favourite live albums, and if you’re a fan who doesn’t own this one, then get the Verve reissue with its unedited tracks, it’s well worth it. ‘Root Down’ is a really energetic record that just storms along. Jimmy Smith is like a wizard and while his Hammond is the centrepiece throughout, he’s really egged on by the rest of the players, especially Humphrey’s kit and the guitar of Arthur Adams – which is a little more rock-influenced than you might expect from a Jimmy Smith record. In fact, this album really surprised me when I first heard it and just one listen to the power of ‘Sagg Shootin' His Arrow’ and I was ready for more.

While Smith gets more soulful and bluesy on ‘For Everyone Under the Sun’ or ‘After Hours’ and the Al Green cover, ‘Let’s Stay Together’ everyone seems inspired to keep wowing the audience. In fact, despite the fantastic performances on the title track and ‘Sagg Shootin’ His Arrow’ this version of the Green hit is just as enjoyable, with its touches of percussion, loving treatment of the melody and energetic soloing. ‘Root Down (And Get It)’ is another highlight and showcase for Jimmy’s more aggressive playing, like the closer, the hard funk fusion of ‘Slow Down Sagg.’

When comparing this album to the others in his discography, there’s a sense of it being a little special due to how different it is, and that sums up my feelings pretty well. While his soulful touch is still present, this one also shows a more fiery side to Smith’s playing too. Very highly recommended for Jimmy Smith and organ fans. And for the curious too.

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