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As part of Blue Note's Very Best series, Hammond organ pioneer Jimmy Smith is spotlighted on seven tracks, six recorded between 1956 and 1960, and "Fungii Mama," in 1986. This set is aimed at the casual listener and includes such soul-jazz classics "The Champ," "See See Rider," and his signature tune, "Back at the Chicken Shack." Smith is joined by fellow Blue Note alumni Lou Donaldson, Kenny Burrell, Art Blakey, and Stanley Turrentine, among others, making this a nice sampler for the novice at a mid-line price.


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 of rock and R&B keyboardists would learn valuable lessons from Smith's example. James Oscar Smith was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on December 8, 1928 (some sources cite his birth year as 1925). Smith's father was a musician and...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: May 24, 2005

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