Jimmy Smith - 78 albums and Jazz Scene USA 1962
Here you will find a collection of albums with Jimmy Smith as the leader or coleader. The material spans from his first record in 1956 to his last record in 2005.
List of included albums in cronological recorded order:
1956 A New Sound - A New Star - Jimmy Smith At The Organ, Vol. 1
1956 A New Sound - A New Star - Jimmy Smith At The Organ, Vol. 2
1956 The Incredible Jimmy Smith At The Organ, Vol. 3
1956 The Incredible Jimmy Smith At Club Baby Grand, Vol. 1
1956 The Incredible Jimmy Smith At Club Baby Grand, Vol. 2
1957 A Date With Jimmy Smith, Vol. 1
1957 A Date With Jimmy Smith, Vol. 2
1957 Jimmy Smith At The Organ, Vol. 1
1957 Jimmy Smith At The Organ, Vol. 2
1957 The Sounds Of Jimmy Smith
1957 Plays Pretty Just For You
1957 Lonesome Road
1957 Groovin' At Small's Paradise
1958 The Sermon
1958 Cool Blues
1958 House Party
1958 Six Views Of The Blues
1958 Softly As A Summer Breeze
1959 Home Cookin'
1960 Crazy! Baby
1960 Open House
1960 Plain Talk
1960 Midnight Special
1960 Back At The Chicken Shack
1961 Straight Life
1962 Plays Fats Waller
1962 Bashin' The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith
1963 I'm Movin' On
1963 Rockin' The Boat
1963 Prayer Meetin'
1963 Hobo Flats
1963 Live At The Village Gate
1963 Any Number Can Win
1963 Blue Bash!
1963 Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf
1964 The Cat
1964 Christmas Cookin' (aka Christmas '64)
1965 Organ Grinder Swing
1965 Got My Mojo Workin'
1965 Salle Pleyel May 28th, 1965 (aka Live In Concert)
1965 La Métamorphose Des Cloportes
1966 Peter And The Wolf
1966 Hoochie Coochie Man
1966 Jimmy And Wes The Dynamic Duo
1966 Further Adventures Of Jimmy And Wes
1968 Stay Loose
1968 The Boss
1970 Groove Drops
1971 I'm Gon' Git Myself Together
1971 In A Plain Brown Wrapper
1972 Root Down
1972 Newport In New York '72 Volume 5, The Jimmy Smith Jam
1973 Portuguese Soul
1974 Paid In Full
1977 Sit On It!
1977 It's Necessary
1978 Unfinished Business
1980 The Big Brawl (aka The Cat Strikes Again)
1981 All The Way Live
1982 Off The Top
1986 Go for Whatcha Know
1989 Prime Time
1990 Fourmost Return
1993 Sum Serious Blues
1993 Master 2
1995 Angel Eyes Ballads & Slow Jams
2001 Dot Com Blues
As an extra, a 25 min 'Jazz Scene USA' broadcast, from 1962, is added to the collection. It's a three-song trio performance with Jimmy Smith, Quentin Warren (guitar) and Donald Bailey (drums). This video is a must see for anyone interested in jazz organ.
Jimmy Smith single-handedly made the Hammond B-3 organ an important voice in jazz music. Smith was a true virtuos and his impact on jazz cannot be overstated.
His legendary multi-part technique, playing bass lines with the foot pedals and/or the left hand, and solo passages with his right hand, is a jazz landmark. He played piano and bass before he switched to the organ. This combination proved an essential element of his approach at the organ.
Smith explains his development:
"I got my organ from a loan shark and had it shipped to the warehouse. I stayed in that warehouse, I would say, six months to a year. I would do just like the guys do - take my lunch, then I'd go and set down at this beast. Nobody showed my anything, man, so I had to fiddle around with my stops."
Smith was born in 1928 in Norristown, near Philadelphia, and died February 8, 2005, in his sleep at his Scottsdale, Arizona, home.
Recommended five-song-starter for those who are new to Jimmy Smith:
1. Organ Grinder Swing (1965 - Start with the short title track. This is a strong organ trio record with a groaning Jimmy at the helm, and the best start for those who are new to Jimmy Smith)
2. Jimmy And Wes: The Dynamic Duo (1966 - the jazz guitar giant Wes Montgomery and Smith. Listen to 'Road Song')
3. The Cat (1964 - with a tight and dynamic big band. Turn up the volume and listen to the title track)
4. Live At The Village Gate (1963 - live organ trio with blues frenzy. Listen to Jimmy given time to stretch out during all 8 minutes of 'I Got A Woman')
5. Root Down (1972 - live funk band. Root down and get it)
This is not a complete discography, but rest assured that this collection includes all records considered influential by Jimmy Smith: 'The Sermon', 'Back at the Chicken Shack', 'Crazy! Baby', 'Bashin': The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith', etc.
'The definitive...', 'Jazz Masters...', 'Roots Of Acid Jazz...', 'Compact Jazz...', 'Retrospective...' and other compilation albums are not included, as tracks from compilation albums are already covered by this collection.
This collection is in MP3-format.
Low quality rips, low bitrates and LP rips have been avoided, except when these were the only sources available.
Many albums have covers and liner notes provided, but not every album. You will find many photos of old LP covers, and LP side photos, even though the tracks comes from CD's. In some cases you will find more tracks than the original LP cover lists, and the reason is that additional tracks and/or alternate takes have been added for the included reissue of the record.
All songs are tagged by the book.
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