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Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith wasn't the first organ player in jazz, but no one had a greater influence with the instrument than he did; Smith coaxed a rich, grooving tone from the Hammond B-3, and his sound and style made him a top instrumentalist in the 1950s and '60s, while a number of rock and R&B keyboardists would learn valuable lessons from Smith's example.

James Oscar Smith was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on December 8, 1928 (some sources cite his birth year as 1925). Smith's father was a musician and entertainer, and young Jimmy joined his song-and-dance act when he was six years old. By the time he was 12, Smith was an accomplished stride piano player who won local talent contests, but when his father began having problems with his knee and gave up performing to work as a plasterer, Jimmy quit school after eighth grade and began working odd jobs to help support the family. At 15, Smith joined the Navy, and when he returned home, he attended music school on the GI Bill, studying at the Hamilton School of Music and the Ornstein School, both based in Philadelphia.

In 1951, Smith began playing with several R&B acts in Philadelphia while working with his father during the day, but after hearing pioneering organ player Wild Bill Davis, Smith was inspired to switch instruments. Smith bought a Hammond B-3 organ and set up a practice space in a warehouse where he and his father were working; Smith refined the rudiments of his style over the next year (informed more closely by horn players than other keyboard artists, and employing innovative use of the bass pedals and drawbars), and he began playing Philadelphia clubs in 1955. In early 1956, Smith made his New York debut at the legendary Harlem nightspot Small's Paradise, and Smith was soon spotted by Alfred Lion, who ran the well-respected jazz label Blue Note Records. Lion signed Smith to a record deal, and between popular early albums such as The Incredible Jimmy Smith at Club Baby Grand and The Champ and legendary appearances at New York's Birdland and the Newport Jazz Festival, Smith became the hottest new name in jazz.

A prolific recording artist, Smith recorded more than 30 albums for Blue Note between 1956 and 1963, collaborating with the likes of Kenny Burrell, Stanley Turrentine, and Jackie McLean, and in 1963, Smith signed a new record deal with Verve. Smith's first album for Verve, Bashin': The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith, was a critical and commercial success, and the track "Walk on the Wild Side" became a minor hit. Smith maintained his busy performing and recording schedule throughout the 1960s, and in 1966 he cut a pair of celebrated album with guitarist Wes Montgomery. In 1972, Smith's contract with Verve expired, and tired of his demanding tour schedule, he and his wife opened a supper club in California's San Fernando Valley. Smith performed regularly at the club, but it went out of business after only a few years. While Smith continued to record regularly for a variety of labels, his days as a star appeared to be over.

However, in the late '80s, Smith began recording for the Milestone label, cutting several well-reviewed albums that reminded jazz fans Smith was still a master at his instrument, as did a number of live performances with fellow organ virtuoso Joey DeFrancesco. In 1987, producer Quincy Jones invited Smith to play on the sessions for Michael Jackson's album Bad. And Smith found a new generation of fans when hip-hop DJs began sampling Smith's funky organ grooves; the Beastie Boys famously used Smith's "Root Down (And Get It)" for their song "Root Down," and other Smith performances became the basis for tracks by Nas, Gang Starr, Kool G Rap, and DJ Shadow.

In 1995, Smith returned to Verve Records for the album Damn!, and on 2001's Dot Com Blues, Smith teamed up with a variety of blues and R&B stars, including Etta James, B.B. King, Keb' Mo', and Dr. John. In 2004, Smith was honored as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts; that same year, Smith relocated from Los Angeles to Scottsdale, Arizona. Several months after settling in Scottsdale, Smith's wife succumbed to cancer, and while he continued to perform and record, Jimmy Smith was found dead in his home less than a year later, on February 8, 2005. His final album, Legacy, was released several months after his passing. ~ Mark Deming
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Bang Some Coal On (Explicit)

1. Table 23

2. Mick's It Up

3. 6ninety

4. RA4 Vs C41

5. A Dream

6. Jones

7. Watch Those

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Track List: Stranger In Paradise (Remastered)

1. Stranger In Paradise

2. Jimmy's Jam

3. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie

4. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

5. I Had The Craziest Dream

6. Tell Me

7. I Hear A Rhapsody

8. Jeepers Creepers

9. Jimmy's Swing

10. Misery

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Track List: Jazz Rock - Live In Isreal

1. Jimmy's Jazz Rock (Live)

2. It's Alright With Me (Live)

3. The Cat (Live)

4. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Live)

5. Got My Mojo Working (Live)

6. Hava Nagila Overture (Live)

7. Killing Me Softly (Live)

8. Jazz Scattin' (Live)

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Track List: Plays The Hits (Great Songs/Great Performances)

1. Satisfaction

2. Blueberry Hill

3. Chain Of Fools

4. What A Wonderful World

5. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

6. Funky Broadway

7. Respect

8. Let's Stay Together (Live)

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Track List: The Very Best Of

1. Autumn In New York

2. Imagination

3. My Funny Valentine

4. Old Devil Moon

5. I Can't Get Started

6. It's Only A Paper Moon

7. Laura

8. Walkin'

9. Penthouse Serenade

10. The Very Thought Of You

11. I Can't Give You Anything But

12. East Of The Sun

13. The Jitterbug Waltz

14. The Nearness Of You

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Track List: Finest In Jazz

1. The Champ

2. Blues After All

3. I Got A Woman

4. Minor Chant

5. Jumpin' The Blues

6. When Johnny Comes Marching Home

7. Fungii Mama

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Track List: Straight Life

1. Straight Life

2. Stuffy

3. Stardust

4. Sweet Sue, Just You

5. Minor Fare

6. Swanee

7. Jimmy's Blues

8. Yes Sir, That's My Baby

9. Here's To My Lady

10. Minor Fare (Alternate Take)

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Track List: Groovin' At Small's Paradise

Disc 1

1. Imagination

2. Walkin'

3. My Funny Valentine

4. It's Only A Paper Moon

5. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

6. Laura

Disc 2

1. Indiana

2. Body And Soul

3. The Champ

4. Lover Man

5. Slightly Monkish

6. After Hours

7. Just Friends

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Track List: Music For Lovers

1. My One And Only Love

2. Time After Time

3. Willow Weep For Me

4. Lover Man

5. Little Girl Blue

6. Embraceable You

7. Angel Eyes

8. It Could Happen To You

9. Flamingo

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Track List: Retrospective

Disc 1

1. You Get 'Cha

2. The Preacher

3. The Champ

4. Bayou

5. Judo Mambo

6. Willow Weep For Me

7. Fiddlin' The Minors

8. Well You Needn't

9. Get Happy

10. Groovy Date

Disc 2

1. Yardbird Suite

2. Summertime

3. All Day Long

4. The Duel

5. I Can't Get Started

6. Body And Soul

7. Slightly Monkish (Live)

8. Blues After All

9. 'Round Midnight

Disc 3

1. The Sermon

2. Flamingo

3. Hackensack

4. I Got A Woman

5. See See Rider

6. When Johnny Comes Marching Home

7. Sista Rebecca

8. Old Folks

Disc 4

1. Back At The Chicken Shack

2. Minor Chant

3. Midnight Special

4. The Jumpin' Blues

5. Squeeze Me

6. Ain't No Use

7. Pork Chop

8. Can Heat

9. Come Rain Or Come Shine

10. Prayer Meetin'

11. Fungii Mama

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Track List: The Fantastic Jimmy Smith

1. Stranger In Paradise

2. Jimmy's Jam

3. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie

4. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

5. I Had The Craziest Dream

6. Tell Me

7. I Hear A Rhapsody

8. Jeepers Creepers

9. Jimmy's Swing

10. Misery

11. Jughead

12. Tea For Two Mambo

13. Sonotone Bounce

14. Dancing On The Ceiling

15. I'll Walk Alone

16. Skokiaan

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Track List: Fourmost Return

1. Sonnymoon For Two

2. Mood Indigo (Live)

3. Ain't She Sweet (Live)

4. Back At The Chicken Shack (Live)

5. Organ Grinder's Swing (Live)

6. Laura

7. Blues For Stanley

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Track List: Dot Com Blues

1. Only In It For The Money (feat. Dr. John)

2. It Counts For Rita (feat. Russell Malone)

3. Strut (feat. Taj Maha)l

4. C. C. Rider (feat. Russell Malone)

5. Just Want To Make Love To You (feat. Etta James)

6. Mood Indigo (feat. Russell Malone)

7. Over And Over (feat. Keb' Mo)

8. Three O'Clock Blues (feat. B. B. King)

9. Dot Com Blues (feat. Russell Malone)

10. Mr. Johnson (feat. Dr. John)

11. Tuition Blues (feat. Russell Malone)

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Track List: Jimmy Smith's Finest Hour

1. Walk On The Wild Side

2. Ol' Man River

3. Organ Grinder's Swing

4. Got My Mojo Workin'

5. Hobo Flats

6. Blues For Del

7. The Cat

8. Blues In The Night

9. The Sermon

10. James And Wes

11. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

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Track List: Ultimate Jimmy Smith

1. The Champ

2. Refractions

3. Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

4. I'am An Old Cowhand

5. Walk On The Wild Side

6. Hobo Flats

7. Blues For J

8. L'il Darlin'

9. Ol' Man River

10. Call Me

11. Slaughter On Tenth Avenue

12. Organ Grinder's Swing

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Track List: Standards

1. Little Girl Blue

2. Bye Bye Blackbird (Instrumental)

3. I'm Just A Lucky So And So

4. Ruby

5. September Song

6. I Didn't Know What Time It Was

7. Memories Of You

8. But Beautiful

9. Mood Indigo

10. While We're Young

11. It Might As Well Be Spring

12. The Last Dance

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Track List: Got My Mojo Workin' Hoochie Cooche Man

1. Hi-Heel Sneakers

2. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

3. 1-2-3

4. Mustard Greens

5. Got My Mojo Workin'

6. Johnny Come Lately

7. C-Jam Blues

8. Hobson's Hop

9. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man

10. One Mint Julep

11. Ain't That Just Like A Woman?

12. Boom Boom

13. Blues And the Abstract Truth

14. TNT

15. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Alternate Take)

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Track List: Angel Eyes

1. Stolen Moments

2. You Better Go Now

3. Angel Eyes

4. Bess, Oh Where's My Bess

5. Slow Freight

6. Tenderly

7. Days Of Wine And Roses

8. L'il Darlin'

9. What A Wonderful World

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Track List: Talkin' Verve: Roots Of Acid Jazz

1. Blues For 3 + 1

2. Ode To Billie Joe

3. Organ Grinder's Swing

4. Ape Woman

5. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

6. Funky Broadway

7. Mellow Mood

8. Burning Spear

9. One Mint Julep

10. Hobo Flats

11. Groove Drops

12. T.N.T.

13. Blues In The Night

14. The Sermon

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Track List: Walk On The Wild Side: Best Of The Verve Years

Disc 1

1. Walk On The Wild Side

2. Blues For J (Feat. Kenny Burrell & Grady Tate)

3. The Cat

4. Trouble In Mind

5. Funky Broadway

6. Milestones

7. The Christmas Song

8. Kenny's Sound

9. St. James Infirmary

10. Refractions

11. The Champ

12. Hobo Flats (NY Version)

13. Sagg Shootin' His Arrow

14. Organ Grinder's Swing (Feat. Kenny Burrell & Grady Tate)

Disc 2

1. Down By The Riverside

2. And I Love You So

3. The Boss

4. Got My Mojo Workin'

5. Groove Drops

6. Delon's Blues

7. OGD

8. Ritual

9. Monlope (Aka "Moonlore")

10. When Johnny Comes Marching Home

11. Blues And The Abstract Truth

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Track List: Damn!

1. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

2. Sister Sadie

3. Woody 'N' You

4. The One Before This

5. Watrmelon Man

6. This Here

7. Scrapple From The Apple

8. Hi-Fly

9. A La Mode

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Track List: Jazz Masters 29: Jimmy Smith

1. Organ Grinder's Swing (Feat. Kenny Burrell & Grady Tate)

2. The Preacher

3. Side-Mouthin

4. I'll Close My Eyes

5. Blues And The Abstract Truth

6. OGD

7. Hobo Flats

8. Bashin'

9. Meditation

10. Walk On The Wild Side

11. Johnny Come Lately

12. Maybe September

13. G'Won Train

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Track List: Jazz 'Round Midnight

1. Blues For Del

2. Easy Living

3. Blues In The Night

4. Oh, No, Babe

5. I'll Close My Eyes

6. 'Round Midnight

7. A Beggar For The Blues

8. Georgia On My Mind

9. Ruby

10. Mournin' Wes

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Track List: Fourmost

1. Midnight Special (Live)

2. Main Stem (Live)

3. Summertime (Live)

4. Things Ain't What They Used To Be (Live)

5. Soulful Brothers (Live)

6. My Funny Valentine (Live)

7. Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Live)

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Track List: Prime Time

1. Here Comes C. T.

2. Farther On Up The Road

3. C Jam Blues

4. Simple Soul Song

5. Honky Tonk

6. No Doubt About It

7. I Got Mine

8. Matter Of Fact

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Track List: Go For Whatcha Know

1. Fungii Mama

2. (Mama Said) Go For Whatcha Know

3. Bass Face

4. She's Out Of My Life

5. We Can Make It Work

6. No Substitute

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Track List: Off The Top

1. Off The Top

2. Endless Love

3. Mimosa

4. I'll Drink To That

5. Theme From M.A.S.H. (Suicide Is Painless)

6. Ain't Misbehavin'

7. Jimmy Smith Rap

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Track List: Bluesmith

1. Straight Ahead

2. Absolutely Funky

3. Lolita

4. Mournin' Wes

5. Blues 3+1

6. Bluesmith

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Track List: Root Down - Jimmy Smith Live!

1. Sagg Shootin' His Arrow (Unedited Performance)

2. For Everyone Under The Sun

3. After Hours

4. Root Down (And Get It)

5. Let's Stay Together

6. Slow Down Song

7. Root Down (And Get It) (Alternate Take)

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Track List: Stay Loose

1. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town

2. Stay Loose

3. If You Ain't Got It

4. One for Members

5. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby

6. Chain of Fools

7. Grabbin' Hold

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Track List: Livin' It Up!

1. Mission Impossible

2. Refractions

3. The Gentle Rain

4. Burning Spear

5. Go Away Little Girl

6. Livin' It Up

7. This Nearly Was Mine

8. Big Boss Man

9. Valley Of The Dolls

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Track List: The Boss

2. The Boss

3. This Guy's In Love With You

4. Fingers

5. Tuxedo Junction

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Track List: Respect

1. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

2. Respect

3. Funky Broadway

4. T-Bone Steak

5. Get Out Of My Life

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Track List: Open House

1. Open House

2. Old Folks

3. Sista Rebecca

4. Embraceable You

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Track List: Peter & The Wolf

1. The Bird, The Duck, The Cat, The Grandfather, The Wolf, The Hunter, Peter

2. Duck Theme, Jimmy And The Duck, Peter's Theme, Meal Time

3. Elegy For A Duck

4. Cat In A Tree

5. Capture Of The Wolf

6. Finale (Parade, Peter Plays Some Blues)

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Track List: Organ Grinder Swing

1. Organ Grinder's Swing

2. Oh, No Babe

3. Blues For J

4. Greensleeves

5. I'll Close My Eyes

6. Satin Doll

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Track List: The Cat...The Incredible

1. Theme From "Joy House"

2. The Cat

3. Basin Street Blues

4. Main Title From "The Carpetbaggers"

5. Chicago Serenade

6. St. Louis Blues

7. Delon's Blues

8. Blues In The Night

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Track List: Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

1. Slaughter On Tenth Avenue

2. Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?(Part1)

3. Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?(Part2)

4. John Brown's Body

5. Wives And Lovers

6. Women Of The World

7. Bluesette

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Track List: Live At The Village Gate

1. I Got A Woman (Live)

2. Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey

3. The Champ (Live)

4. I I Were A Bell

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Track List: I'm Movin' On

1. I'm Movin' On

2. Hotel Happiness

3. Cherry

4. T'aint No Use

5. Back Talk

6. What Kind Of Fool Am I

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Track List: Prayer Meetin' (Rudy Van Gelder Edition)(Remastered)

1. Prayer Meetin'

2. I Almost Lost My Mind

3. Stone Cold Dead In The Market

4. When The Saints Go Marching In

5. Red Top

6. Picnickin'

8. Smith Walk

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Track List: Hobo Flats

1. Hobo Flats (NY Version)

2. Blueberry Hill

3. Walk Right In

4. Trouble In Mind

5. The Preacher

6. Meditation

7. I Can't Stop Loving You

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Track List: Any Number Can Win

1. You Came A Long Way From St. Louis

2. The Ape Woman

3. Georgia On My Mind

4. G'won Train

5. Theme From Any Number Can Win

6. What'd I Say

7. The Sermon

8. Ruby

9. Tubs

10. Blues For C.A.

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Track List: Fats Waller

1. Everybody Loves My Baby

2. Squeeze Me

3. Ain't She Sweet

4. Ain't Misbehavin'

5. Lulu's Back In Town

6. Honeysuckle Rose

7. I've Found A New Baby

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Track List: Bashin': The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith

1. Walk On The Wild Side

2. Ol' Man River

3. In A Mellow Tone

4. Step Right Up

5. Beggar For The Blues

6. Bashin'

7. I'm An Old Cowhand (From The Rio Grande)

8. Bashin (45 RPM Version)

9. Ol Man River (45 RPM Version)

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Track List: Midnight Special

1. Midnight Special

2. A Subtle One

3. Jumpin' The Blues

4. Why Was I Born

5. One O'Clock Jump

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Track List: Open House/Plain Talk

1. Open House

2. Old Folks

3. Sista Rebecca

4. Embraceable You

5. Big Fat Mama

7. Plain Talk

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Track List: Plain Talk

1. Big Fat Mama

2. My One And Only Love

3. Plain Talk

4. Time After Time

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Track List: Back At The Chicken Shack

1. Back At The Chicken Shack

2. When I Grow Too Old To Dream

3. Minor Chant

4. Messy Bessie

5. On the Sunny Side Of The Street

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Track List: Crazy Baby

1. When Johnny Comes Marching Home

2. Makin' Whoopee

3. A Night In Tunisia (Instrumental)

4. Sonnymoon For Two

5. Mack The Knife

6. What's New

7. Alfredo

8. If I Should Lose You

9. When Lights Are Low

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Track List: Home Cookin'

1. See See Rider

2. Sugar Hill (

3. I Got A Woman

4. Messin' Around

5. Gracie (

6. Come On Baby

7. Motorin' Along

8. Since I Fell For You

9. Apostrophe

10. Groanin'

11. Motorin' Along (Alternate Take)

12. Since I Fell For You (Alternate Take)

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Track List: The Sermon

1. The Sermon

2. J.O.S

3. Flamingo

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Track List: A New Sound - A New Star, Vol. 2

1. The Champ

2. Bayou

3. Deep Purple

4. Moonlight In Vermont

5. Ready 'N Able

6. Turquoise

7. Bubbis

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Track List: Softly As A Summer Breeze

1. These Foolish Things

2. Hackensack

3. It Could Happen To You

4. Sometimes I'm Happy

5. Someone To Watch Over Me

7. Willow Weep For Me

8. Ain't No Use

9. Angel Eyes

10. Ain't That Love

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Track List: The Sound Of Jimmy Smith (Remastered)

1. There Will Never Be Another You

2. The Fight

3. Blue Moon

4. All The Things You Are

5. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart

6. Somebody Loves Me

7. First Night Blues

8. Cherokee

9. The Third Day

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Track List: A Date With Jimmy Smith (Volume One)

1. Falling In Love With Love

2. How High The Moon

3. Funk's Oats

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Track List: A Date With Jimmy Smith (Volume Two)

1. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

2. I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You

3. Groovy Date

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Track List: House Party

1. Au Privave

2. Lover Man

3. Just Friends

4. Blues After All

5. Confirmation

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Track List: Jimmy Smith At The Organ, Volume 3

1. Judo Mambo

2. Willow Weep For Me

3. Lover Come Back To Me

4. Well, You Needn't

5. Fiddlin' The Minors

6. Autumn Leaves

7. I Cover The Waterfront

8. Jamey

9. My Funny Valentine

10. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

11. Slightly Monkish

Comments

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My Pops was a fan never forgot that when I first heard him play may I say Mr J Immy Smith' a class always gave performance perfection
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L
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So so smooooth
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Jimmy could freeze that note and say so much in the moment, takes me back to the chitlan circut and the after hours jam sessions. What a feelin and
memories
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nylesfrench7
Peace good brotha

Organist SUPREME. his influence was is an will be far reaching, barriers crossing
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adamskemp
Jimmie smith and the h b 3 are one
Chas
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I think Smith is the greatest B 3 player. Listening to his entire work it is obvious. I sure wish I would have gotten to see him play. I wonder if he every had played in Chicago. He must have and I missed it. Oh well he is dead now but his records live on. Pauly from Chi town
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Still the great one!!!
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souldrb
As host of The Chuck Blake Show in Raleigh, NC (WLLE Radio), in the 70s & 80s, I had the pleasure of introducing Jimmy Smith to many listeners who were unaware of him. Needless to say, his music was undoubtedly the most requested. I was, and still am, fascinated at the degree of mastery Mr. Smith displayed on the Hammond B3, and am still in possession of some moldy oldie 33rpm vinyl discs (which have been transferred to CDs for posterity, and those late night moods.
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I first saw jimmy smith at the club baby grand in Wilmington, De 1959
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hjtheartist2 2 2
I first seen him w/orange sweeter w/a black shirt & pants. ....�� very COOL.
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In 1958, I was about 9 years old when I first heard The Sermon and somehow I knew this was special; have been listening to Jimmy since and still think (and know) he's special. I bet when you arrive in Heaven you'll hear Jimmy on their B-3 welcoming you home.
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What a great Organist I would like to hear him on a big ole Pipe Organ. :0))
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WOW Mr Smith in always in the grove!!! He was a master of that B3. I sure enjoy that sound he gets out of it. It's great he recorded so much. Paul from Chi town.
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Surprising how Jimmy makes a church instrument sing in the jazz
idiom? He's his own sermon on the mount?
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fastcar49
This is a good group of artists
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I wish there were more organ players!!! Jimmy was & the BEST!!!
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Hersh just love it. He is the best.
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Hey I love Jimmy Smith. His playing is onbelieveabl e .
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Fantastic Music!
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cef1953
I was complimentin g you on your writing. It's all good
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Cef 1953? WhT is your problem?
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All night y'all. Just all night long with this B3.
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cef1953
Have gun will travel.... you are a poet!!
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When I go clubbin I go where they have the older music playin' I love jimmy smith as I have a b3. I played with a blue's band in indianaplois in at a supper club I love porterhouse steaks rare . Girls who are sweet and nice wear pantyhose and heels and sip beer.p
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cef1953
Jimmy! You have greatly enhanced my life!!!!
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i did not read of Mr. Smith's cpllaboratio n with one Gil Davis ,I think the guy's name is who blended horns with Jimmy Smith's organ on some pieces that were juat inspiring. Maybe it was Gil Evans...I will look it up on Wiki and get back with you!
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hnryroan
nothing in the world like jazz music
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zendood
Root Down is Root Downtown !
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There should be a giant statue of Jimmy playing the B3 next to Rushmore - his groove was that monumental! One of a kind with many imitators.
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This is just excellent!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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c.taylor059
Nothing like the B3!!
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I could listen to Jimmy Smith all day loooooong!!! !
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Mmm..h e a v y!
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toddthachef
man this makes u wanna go on a road trip feel the car up
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Fantastic!
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Jimmy Smith, brought me into the world of jazz before i was 14yrs old, the best thing to happen to me,made me become a sax player with all his callaboratio n s with Stanley Turrentine,I will always and forever be a Jimmy Smith fan!!!
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I've always loved Jimmy Smith! He and Bobby Hutcherson thrill me!
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As a freshman music major in college, someone handed me a Jimmy Smith album and said, Here, see what you think of this. WOW is what I thought of it. I thought organs were just for church until I head this masterful musician. Headphones on, a Jimmy Smith CD playing, and a good glass of wine is a great way to end the day. Johann Sebastian Bach ruled his side of the organ and Jimmy Smith ruled his side. I feel so very fortunate that we had them both.
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j.crawford74
When I was about 9 or 10 years old my uncle would play Jimmy Smith almost non-stop and mix in Bird, Coltran, Loius Armdtrong, and Ray Charles. I really didn't appreciate the music knowledge he was giving me then; BUT NOW oh man I'm grateful for all the memories.
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edward_levin n l
love'm....
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GREAT GOOD TO BOP ON
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Another thank You daddy moment !! my Dad was the jazz man, thank you for sitting us down and saying listen ! those days in the 50's and 60's. wow you vision back then . Jimmy your #1 fan was Jerome StClair Charles.
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I even love the album art... 60s Barbie Fashion Plates!
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mdcjhata
jimmy smith is the greatest jazz organst
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Jimmy Smith is to the organ as Bobby Hutcherson is to the vibes
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anthony.hami l t o n 0
I grew up on Jimmy Smith! My grandfather was a huge fan, and he used to wake us up with him every morning! Now I own all of his collection, I love it!
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pclavesilla
Jimmy Smith is the Hammond B-3 !!!!! I learned the Guitar just so I could Jam with the B-3 with a big honk'in leslie What a sound !!! Ohhh My !
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colbowski
Jimmy Smith's my man, I want to give him a pound!
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jimmy,the master of the b3,enough said.
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