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Dot Com Blues

Jimmy Smith

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Album Review

On his first album in more than five years, Jimmy Smith, who turned 75 shortly before the release date, attempts the soul-jazz version of what Santana did on Supernatural — heavily featuring guest stars in an attempt to broaden his appeal. The basic band consists of Smith on organ, Reggie McBride on bass guitar, and Harvey Mason on drums, but this trio is never featured alone, although four tracks feature the trio joined only by guitarist Russell Malone — "C C Rider," "Mood Indigo" (with John Clayton replacing McBride on acoustic bass), and two new Smith originals, the title track and "Tuition Blues." (On a fifth song, a remake of Smith's "8 Counts for Rita," the quartet is joined by percussionist Lenny Castro.) Not surprisingly, these are the most jazz-oriented performances on the album. The rest of the disc takes a blues turn, with Dr. John contributing vocals and piano on his own composition, the lead-off track "Only in It for the Money"; Taj Mahal singing and playing guitar on his own "Strut"; Etta James singing the Muddy Waters hit "I Just Wanna Make Love to You"; Keb' Mo' taking guitar and vocal duties on his composition "Over & Over"; and B.B. King doing the same on his old favorite "Three O'Clock Blues." Thus, half the album is given over to guest stars who sing, making this the most vocal-dominated album ever released under Jimmy Smith's name. As a consequence, it is also something of a blues sampler with Smith playing a prominent role rather than a Jimmy Smith album. Jazz fans will be happy to know that, after more than 40 years of recording, Smith retains his ability to play, but Dot Com Blues is anything but a showcase for the man whose name is on the cover.

Customer Reviews

This Album is a Must in Anyone's Collection

Through and through...every note. Jimmy Smith is a pillar and a pioneer, but more than that, he is a true artist that uses his technicality on the organ to truly sing, scat, talk, weep, jump, dance, cry, wail and convey every emotion known to mankind. There are many talented musicians in the world, but only a select few can use their instruments to tell stories the way that Jimmy does. The band and the guests are amazing, complementing Jimmy perfectly. EVERY song on this album is a "five-star-er". This album is good listening...buy it twice!

Blues can bring you up.

A British " Chicago blues player" friend has argued with me "Organ is not on the blues," This album shut him up completely.... A master having fun with friends. And such great friends! This album is a great introduction to Jimmy's playing for the non-jazz head, and from there, the 'organ is your oyster', so to speak. Jimmy Smith has been a world treasure for decades, may his legacy out live us all. Hard to belive the man is 74 years old on this recording... most in their 30-50's can't come close for cool hip funky and soulful.

Love it!

Great Driving Music! Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy, any number can win! Thank you for all the fabulous sounds.

Biography

Born: December 8, 1928 in Norristown, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Jimmy Smith wasn't the first organ player in jazz, but no one had a greater influence with the instrument than he did; Smith coaxed a rich, grooving tone from the Hammond B-3, and his sound and style made him a top instrumentalist in the 1950s and '60s, while a number...
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