Jimmy Smith was a self-taught pianist who abandoned the instrument in 1954 in favor of the Hammond B3 organ, renting a Philadelphia warehouse and woodshedding for a year until he emerged with a revolutionary style that immediately caught the ear of Alfred Lion. The Blue Note boss dubbed him The Incredible Jimmy Smith and recorded the B3 innovator as frequently as he could between 1956 and 1963.
It's a testament to Smith's volcanic creativity that he recorded not one but two soul jazz classics - Midnight Special and Back at the Chicken Shack - when he entered Rudy Van Gelder's studio on April 25, 1960 with Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Donald Bailey on drums.
This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.
...[T]he group reaches the peak of funky soul jazz that all other challengers of the genre would have to live up to.
- Blue Note Classic Vinyl Reissue Series
- 180g Vinyl LP
- All-Analog Pressing
- Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from original analog tapes
- Manufactured at Optimal in Germany
|Stanley Turrentine||tenor sax|
- Back At The Chicken Shack
- When I Grow Too Old To Dream
- Minor Chant
- Messy Bessie