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This album is Mastered for iTunes. The Cat, finds legendary organist Jimmy Smith teaming up with Lalo Schifrin, the Argentinean composer/arranger best known for his film and television scores. Smith, after recording a string of classic small combo albums in the 1950s and early 1960s, released several organ-with-big-band collaborations, including 1964’s The Cat. The album opens with the Schifrin-penned “Theme from Joy House,” where Smith and the grooving rhythm section, which includes bassist George Duvivier and drummer Grady Tate, rip it up as they are backed by hard-hitting horn blasts. Next up is the bristling title track, where Smith shreds on his Hammond B3 and Kenny Burrell lays down some dirty rhythm guitar. There’s a fierce uptempo take on W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues,” while the band takes its time on “Delon’s Blues,” a slice of funky blues-jazz that is a perfect showcase for Smith’s dramatic playing. Eddie Harris’ “Chicago Serenade” gets a cool, swinging treatment that has more nice work from Smith and Burrell. The Cat closes with Harold Arlen ad Johnny Mercer’s “Blues in the Night,” a slinky delight.

Customer Reviews


This is my favorite Jimmy Smith album! St. Louis Blues has some of the best jazz organ licks I have ever heard! This review is coming from very young guy in his 20’s.


Fantastic energy and grooves.


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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