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Album Review

Verve's Finest Hour collection of Jimmy Smith's work compiles 60 minutes of career highlights, including "Walk on the Wild Side," "Got My Mojo Workin'," "James and Wes," and "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag." Though it's by no means a definitive compilation of Smith's music, it does provide an entertaining overview of some of his funkiest moments.

Customer Reviews

Great Funky Organ Fun!

This album is full of instantly recognizable tunes like Blues in The Night and Papa's Got a Brand New Bag. The entirety of the album is full of moments when you say to yourself, "How does he do that?" Totally awesome jazz riffs in every tune! I'd buy the album so you don't deprive yourself of track 11.

Jimmy Smith

As a musician and a Hammond B3 player I have been listening to Jimmy Smith and other stalwart players of the B3 for many years. This album has Jimmy's amazing ability to accompany and to solo. It is quite apparent in the duet between Jimmy with Wes Montgomery, who were two masters of their instrument Jimmy on the Organ and Wes, on Guitar with that signature Octave soloing. r I have enjoyed this album immensly. I had other tunes on the album from other sources, but the Album is a must for lovers of the Hammond B3. In the tradition of Richard Groove Holmes, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Dr. Lonnie Smith a , this album is Jimmy Smith at the height of his mastery on the Hammond B3. The chords and rifts are awesome.

This man IS "The King"

I started listening to his LPs when I was in college in the mid-60s and they changed the way I listened to music. No man could coax more from the Hammond B3 organ than he could. His instinctive touch was most clearly demonstrated on his soaring solos. Give yourself a treat and LISTEN to his keyboard touch. If Otis Redding could play the organ, he might approach Jimmy's soul/jazz notes. This man was a genius. He is sorely missed today.


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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