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Album Review

Most of organist Jimmy Smith's recordings for Verve during the mid-to-late '60s were with big bands, making this trio outing with guitarist Kenny Burrell and drummer Grady Tate a special treat. This CD reissue is a throwback to Smith's Blue Note sets (which had concluded two years earlier) and gives the organists the opportunity to stretch out on three blues and three standards. This release shows that, even with all of his commercial success during the period, Jimmy Smith was always a masterful jazz player.

Customer Reviews


After 40 something years, this is still one of the cookinest, grovinest recordings of all time featuring three hall of fame musicians. Never mind that Jimmy Smith can knock you out of your chair with stunning licks, his FEET are the star here with head boppin bass grooves. Aspiring jazz guitarists will want to commit Kenny Burrell's solos to memory as I have (Satin Doll) and Grady Tate is a master...nuff said. This recording is a must have.

The album that made me love jazz

So, it's 1965, I'm a sophomore in high school, playing trombone in a big band, and THIS trio album lands on my hi-fi. Haven't been the same since. Still listen to it 45 years later. The groove is everything on this record, and it doesn't quit -- even in a ballad. To this day, it's the most consistently swinging album in every way that I have heard. And, oh yeah, Kenny Burrell is amazing. SO melodic, you'd think he had it all written down!

get it!

My father had this album when I was a kid. It knocked me out then, and it knocks me out now; particularly the version of "Greensleeves", which may just be the swingingest piece of music ever, propelled by the stellar drumming of the sorely underrated Grady Tate. No big Oliver Nelson arrangements here, just the trio totally locked in. This is probably the only Jimmy Smith disc on Verve that can stand up to the best of his Blue Note recordings. Get it!


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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