Cool Blues [Bonus Tracks]

Cool Blues [Bonus Tracks]

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by Jimmy Smith
     
 
Stretching out with some heavy-hitting friends behind him, Jimmy Smith proves why he was, and remains, the king of the Hammond organ. The elements of a classic jam session were all in place on April 7, 1958, the night this album was recorded at Small’s Paradise in New York. Among Smith’s hard-bopping buddies were alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson, the underrated and

Overview

Stretching out with some heavy-hitting friends behind him, Jimmy Smith proves why he was, and remains, the king of the Hammond organ. The elements of a classic jam session were all in place on April 7, 1958, the night this album was recorded at Small’s Paradise in New York. Among Smith’s hard-bopping buddies were alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson, the underrated and underecorded tenor saxophone master Tina Brooks, and the iconic Art Blakey, who contributes steaming drums on the first three tracks. (Smith’s regular trio mates, guitarist Eddie McFadden and drummer Donald Bailey, who fills in for the remainder of the tracks, were also on hand.) With four of the performances more than ten minutes long, there’s plenty of playing to be heard from the inspired participants; it’s always good to hear Donaldson in a straight-ahead bop mode, and whatever extra we can get from Brooks is never to be dismissed. Smith, of course, more than holds his own in fast company. In fact, he’s particularly energized here, slamming out keyboard passages and pumping bass lines with passion and abandon. As a document of friends hanging out and having serious fun, Cool Blues is way cool.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD should greatly interest all Jimmy Smith collectors, including those who already have the original LP. In addition to four excellent selections (quintets with altoist Lou Donaldson, Tina Brooks on tenor, guitarist Eddie McFadden, either Art Blakey or Donald Bailey on drums, and the organist/leader), there are three previously unissued numbers from the same gig, featuring the quartet of Donaldson, Smith, McFadden, and Bailey. The repertoire is filled with blues and bop standards, and the soloing is at a consistently high and hard-swinging level. Jimmy Smith fans will be pleased. [The 2002 re-release by Blue Note includes several songs not included on the original: "Announcements by Babs Gonzales," "What's New," "Small's Minor," and "Once in a While."]

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2002
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724353558727
catalogNumber:
35587
Rank:
87011

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Smith   Primary Artist,Organ
Tina Brooks   Tenor Saxophone
Babs Gonzales   Track Performer
Donald Bailey   Drums
Art Blakey   Drums
Lou Donaldson   Alto Saxophone
Eddie McFadden   Guitar

Technical Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Micaela Boland   Art Direction
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer,Engineering
Bud Green   Composer
Alfred Lion   Producer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Jimmy Smith   Composer
Francis Wolff   Cover Photo
Patrick Roques   Cover Design
Traditional   Composer
Michael Edwards   Composer

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