The Definitive Jimmy Smith

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This sampler draws from organist Jimmy Smith's Blue Note and Verve recordings, picking out seven highlights from the 1956-1966 period. Included are such gems from Smith's Blue Note years as the fiery up-tempo blues "The Champ" that helped launch his career," the 20-minute all-star jam "The Sermon" with trumpeter Lee Morgan, altoist Lou Donaldson, tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks, guitarist Kenny Burrell, and drummer Art Blakey and "Midnight Special" with tenorman Stanley Turrentine. The four Verve selections team the organist with big bands arranged by either Oliver Nelson or Lalo Schifrin, and, although spirited, are generally of lesser interest. An exception is "Night ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This sampler draws from organist Jimmy Smith's Blue Note and Verve recordings, picking out seven highlights from the 1956-1966 period. Included are such gems from Smith's Blue Note years as the fiery up-tempo blues "The Champ" that helped launch his career," the 20-minute all-star jam "The Sermon" with trumpeter Lee Morgan, altoist Lou Donaldson, tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks, guitarist Kenny Burrell, and drummer Art Blakey and "Midnight Special" with tenorman Stanley Turrentine. The four Verve selections team the organist with big bands arranged by either Oliver Nelson or Lalo Schifrin, and, although spirited, are generally of lesser interest. An exception is "Night Train," which has Smith sharing the spotlight with guitarist Wes Montgomery. Overall, this CD does give listeners an idea of what Jimmy Smith's first decade on record sounded like.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724354003820
  • Catalog Number: 40038
  • Sales rank: 44,909

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Champ (8:38)
  2. 2 The Sermon (20:10)
  3. 3 Midnight Special (9:56)
  4. 4 Walk on the Wild Side (5:57)
  5. 5 The Cat (3:25)
  6. 6 Got My Mojo Workin' (8:02)
  7. 7 Night Train (6:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Smith Primary Artist, Organ, Vocals
Lalo Schifrin Conductor
Tina Brooks Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Richard Davis Bass
Urbie Green Trombone
Thad Jones Trumpet
Melba Liston Trombone
Wes Montgomery Guitar
Lee Morgan Trumpet
Oliver Nelson Conductor
Joe Newman Trumpet
Jerome Richardson Reeds, Baritone Saxophone
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Stanley Turrentine Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Grady Tate Drums
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Thornel Schwartz Guitar
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Britt Woodman Trombone
George Duvivier Bass
Ray Alonge French Horn
Bob Ashton Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
Donald Bailey Drums
Danny Bank Reeds
George Barrow Baritone Saxophone
Art Blakey Drums
James Buffington French Horn
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Don Butterfield Tuba
Earl Chapin French Horn
Clark Terry Trumpet
Babe Clarke Tenor Saxophone
Bill Correa French Horn
Lou Donaldson Alto Saxophone
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Phil Kraus Percussion
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz Trumpet
Jimmy Maxwell Trumpet
Romeo Penque Tenor Saxophone
Doc Severinsen Trumpet
Tony Studd Bass Trombone
Phil Woods Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Snooky Young Trumpet
Tom Mitchell Bass Trombone
Technical Credits
Lalo Schifrin Arranger
Oliver Nelson Arranger
Michael Cuscuna Executive Producer
Alfred Lion Producer
Muddy Waters Composer
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Jimmy Smith Composer
Creed Taylor Producer
Donald Elfman Liner Notes
Tom Evered Executive Producer
Jennifer Ditsler Copy Editing
Kurt Lundvall Mastering
Preston Foster Composer
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