The Best of Jimmy Smith: The Blue Note Years

The Best of Jimmy Smith: The Blue Note Years

by Jimmy SmithJimmy Smith


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Covering prime early recordings from 1956-1960 and one mid-'80s cut, Blue Note's The Best of Jimmy Smith offers up a fine introduction to the trailblazing jazz organist. Smith's Blue Note sessions not only introduced the world to the complex solo possibilities of the Hammond B3 organ, but simultaneously ushered in the soul-jazz era of the '60s, spawning a wealth of fine imitators in the process. Before delving into more commercial terrain on Verve in the late '60s, Smith cut a ton of jam-session dates for Blue Note, often with the help of hard bop luminaries like trumpeter Lee Morgan, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson, tenor saxophonists Tina Brooks and Stanley Turrentine, and drummers Art Blakey and Donald Bailey. All are heard here on classic cuts like "The Sermon," "Back at the Chicken Shack," and "The Jumpin' Blues," with Smith regular Turrentine and a young Morgan availing themselves in especially fine form. For his part, Smith eats up the scenery on all the sides here, taking his solo to particularly impressive heights on a fleetly swinging rendition of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home." Rounded out by a 1986 reading of Blue Mitchell's samba groove "Fungii Mama" (marking Smith's return to Blue Note after a 23 year absence), The Best of Jimmy Smith qualifies both as an excellent first-choice disc for Smith newcomers and an appropriate entrée into the soul-jazz catalog.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0077779114023
catalogNumber: 91140
Rank: 59612

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Smith   Primary Artist,Organ,Hammond Organ,Vocals
Tina Brooks   Tenor Saxophone
Lee Morgan   Trumpet
Stanley Turrentine   Tenor Saxophone
Grady Tate   Drums
Thornel Schwartz   Guitar
Donald Bailey   Drums
Errol Crusher Bennett   Percussion
Art Blakey   Drums
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Lou Donaldson   Alto Saxophone
Quentin Warren   Guitar

Technical Credits

Jay McShann   Composer
Walter Brown   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Alfred Lion   Producer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Lola Smith   Producer
Francis Wolff   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer

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