Home Cookin' [Bonus Tracks]

Home Cookin' [Bonus Tracks]

by Jimmy Smith
     
 

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This Japanese import contains a 24-bit remastering of Jimmy Smith's (organ) Blue Note era release Home Cookin' (1959). Although he never gained 'household name' status, his expansive catalog of recordings has long been considered as essential listening for lovers of post-bop and jazz keyboard. Joined by Donald Bailey (drums), Kenny Burrell (guitar), with occasional… See more details below

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This Japanese import contains a 24-bit remastering of Jimmy Smith's (organ) Blue Note era release Home Cookin' (1959). Although he never gained 'household name' status, his expansive catalog of recordings has long been considered as essential listening for lovers of post-bop and jazz keyboard. Joined by Donald Bailey (drums), Kenny Burrell (guitar), with occasional contributions from Percy France (tenor sax), Smith winds his trio through a selection of sublime R&B standards and fundamental originals. "See See Rider" kicks things off with a laid-back and sultry take of the Ma Rainey classic. Immediately, Smith and Burrell create a responsive interplay that gently builds into refining vamping and solo trading. "Sugar Hill" is a light and optimistic Burrell composition that bops as the co-leads call-and-respond in a game of musical tag. They continue their spirited chiding on the brisk interpretation of Ray Charles' "I Got a Woman." The refined visage should not be mistaken for an average or rote performance. On the contrary, Bailey's solid backbeat provides the perfect setting with every beat well placed. Ironically, just as the combo establishes a free-flowing exchange, alas the song fades out. France is front and center on both "Messin' Around" and "Gracie," supplying a notable dimension of texture and presence to the ensemble. He ably maneuvers the tricky syncopated melody, adding prudently to the respectively driving post-bop rhythms. Other worthwhile excursions are Burrell's "Come on Baby"and two rousing readings of Jimmy McGriff's "Motorin' Along" -- one of which is among the supplementary sides issued on the CD version. Granted, Jimmy Smith's discography may seem overwhelming in the sheer number of entries, however Home Cookin'

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2004
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724359242125
catalogNumber:
92421
Rank:
28796

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Smith   Primary Artist,Organ
Donald Bailey   Drums
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Percy France   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Ray Charles   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Max Roach   Composer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Ma Rainey   Composer
Micaela Boland   Art Direction
Kenny Burrell   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer,Remastering
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Alfred Lion   Producer,Audio Production
Jimmy Smith   Composer
Francis Wolff   Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
Percy France   Composer
Reid Miles   Cover Art

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