The Definitive Jimmy Smith

The Definitive Jimmy Smith

by Jimmy Smith



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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2002
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724354003820
catalogNumber: 40038

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
Preston Foster   Composer

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