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Johnny Hammond's 1972 soul-jazz beauty is another stunning example of great creativity at Creed Taylor's Kudu label through the mid-'70s. Arranged by Bob James, Hammond's trademark B-3 work is showcased here on six extended cover versions of tunes from the pop vernacular. The lineup includes guitarists George Benson, Eric Gale, and Melvin Sparks, saxophonists Grover Washington, Jr. and Pepper Adams, bassist Ron Carter playing electric as well as double bass, and drummers Bernard Purdie and Billy Cobham! There are grooves galore in this wondrously mixed set, from the smoking guitar breaks in the read of Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady" to the syncopated organ pyrotechnics in ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Johnny Hammond's 1972 soul-jazz beauty is another stunning example of great creativity at Creed Taylor's Kudu label through the mid-'70s. Arranged by Bob James, Hammond's trademark B-3 work is showcased here on six extended cover versions of tunes from the pop vernacular. The lineup includes guitarists George Benson, Eric Gale, and Melvin Sparks, saxophonists Grover Washington, Jr. and Pepper Adams, bassist Ron Carter playing electric as well as double bass, and drummers Bernard Purdie and Billy Cobham! There are grooves galore in this wondrously mixed set, from the smoking guitar breaks in the read of Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady" to the syncopated organ pyrotechnics in "It's Impossible," with Washington playing his ass off around Hammond's organ breaks, and the beautiful horn arrangements by James in "Peace Train." The funky-butt glimmer in "I Don't Know How to Love Him" could have been played by the Stax/Volt horns with a Funk Brothers rhythm section. James weaves a string section in harmonic counterpoint to Hammond's organ in the melody, creating a moving tapestry of textures against the backbeat. But nothing can prepare the listener for the closing cover of Jagger and Richard's "Wild Horses," with a military snare beat providing an unlikely intro to an "All Along the Watchtower"-like progression that transforms itself seamlessly into a darkly minor reading of the original melody, with beautiful fills by Benson and Sparks. When the horns kick in during the refrain with plenty of fuzz guitar and bass over the top, the listener falls headlong into the magic of dirty groove and roll.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2007
  • Label: King Japan
  • EAN: 4988003335687
  • Catalog Number: 2226

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock Steady - Johnny "Hammond" Smith (6:48)
  2. 2 Who Is Sylvia? - Johnny "Hammond" Smith (7:25)
  3. 3 Peace Train - Johnny "Hammond" Smith (4:31)
  4. 4 I Don't Know How to Love Him - Johnny "Hammond" Smith (7:35)
  5. 5 It's Impossible - Johnny "Hammond" Smith (5:27)
  6. 6 Wild Horses - Johnny "Hammond" Smith (6:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Hammond Primary Artist, Organ, Electric Piano
Johnny "Hammond" Smith Indexed Contributor, Organ, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano
Pepper Adams Baritone Saxophone
George Benson Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ron Carter Bass, Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Bob James Conductor
Melvin Sparks Guitar, Electric Guitar
Airto Moreira Percussion, Conga, Caxixi
Wayne Andre Trombone
Omar Clay Percussion
Billy Cobham Drums
Al DeRisi Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Eric Gale Guitar, Electric Guitar
Paul Gershman Violin
Emanuel Green Violin
Julius Held Violin
Harry Katzman Violin
Joseph Malin Violin
Bob Mann Guitar, Electric Guitar
Gene Orloff Violin
Max Pollikoff Violin
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Harold Vick Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Grover Washington Jr. Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Snooky Young Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Julius Brand Violin
Max Polikoff Violin
Joe Malin Violin
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Composer
Aretha Franklin Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Cat Stevens Composer
Bob James Arranger
Galt MacDermot Composer
Armando Manzanero Composer
Arnaldo DeSouteiro Liner Notes, Digital Remastering Engineer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Keith Richards Composer
Creed Taylor Producer
Tim Rice Composer
Bob Ciano Cover Design
Dotty Wayne Composer
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