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Format: CD
Sku: 60421942
UPC: 731455980523
UPC 14: 00731455980523
Release Date: 7/18/2000
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Sagg Shootin' His Arrows ~ Jimmy Smith (Jazz)
2. For Everyone Under The Sun ~ Jimmy Smith (Jazz)
3. After Hours ~ Jimmy Smith (Jazz)
4. Root Down (And Get It) ~ Jimmy Smith (Jazz)
5. Let's Stay Together ~ Jimmy Smith (Jazz)
6. Slow Down Sagg ~ Jimmy Smith (Jazz)
7. Root Down (And Get It) - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Jimmy Smith (Jazz)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Steve Williams (harmonica); Arthur Adams (guitar); Wilton Felder (bass); Paul Humphrey (drums); Buck Clarke (congas, percussion).
Muze PNote Recorded at The Bombay Bicycle Club, Los Angeles, California on February 9, 1972.
Muze PNote All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Muze PNote This is part of Verve's By Request series.
Muze PNote Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Arthur Adams (guitar); Wilton Felder (electric guitar, electric bass); Steve Williams , Steve Williams (harmonica); Paul Humphrey (drums); Buck Clarke (congas, percussion).
Muze PNote Toward the end of his stint with Blue Note, Jimmy Smith's albums became predictable. Moving to Verve in the mid-'60s helped matters considerably, since he started playing with new musicians (most notably nice duets with Wes Montgomery) and new settings, but he never really got loose, as he did on select early Blue Note sessions. Part of the problem was that Smith's soul-jazz was organic and laid-back, relaxed and funky instead of down and dirty. For latter-day listeners, aware of his reputation as the godfather of modern soul-jazz organ (and certainly aware of the Beastie Boys' name drop), that may mean that Smith's actual albums all seem a bit tame and restrained, classy, not funky. That's true of the bulk of Smith's catalog, with the notable exception of Root Down. Not coincidentally, the title track is the song the Beasties sampled on their 1994 song of the same name, since this is one of the only sessions that Smith cut where his playing his raw, vital, and earthy. Recorded live in Los Angeles in February 1972, the album captures a performance Smith gave with a relatively young supporting band who were clearly influenced by modern funk and rock. They push Smith to playing low-down grooves that truly cook: "Sagg Shootin' His Arrow" and "Root Down (And Get It)" are among the hottest tracks he ever cut, especially in the restored full-length versions showcased on the 2000 Verve By Request reissue. There are times where the pace slows, but the tension never sags, and the result is one of the finest, most exciting records in Smith's catalog. If you think you know everything about Jimmy Smith, this is the album for you. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Producer: Eric Miller; John Wriggle; Mark Smith; Tom Greenwood; Carlos Kase

Engineer: Ed Greene; Edward Green; Jack Hunt

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Wilton Felder
Muze Guest Artist Arthur Adams

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Associated Artists and Works

Burrell, Kenny
Jimmy Smith (Bass)
Cool Blues [Bonus Tracks] [Remaster] ~ Jimmy Smith (Bass)
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Back at the Chicken Shack [RVG] [Remaster] ~ Jimmy Smith (Piano)
Original Soundtrack
Silver, Horace

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/18/2000
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1972
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5598052
Music Label Name Label : Verve
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Live
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00731455980523

Professional Reviews

Q (11/00, p.133)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...This is the work of both a great band and a master musician at the height of his powers..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(12/00, pp.126-7)
- "...Smith playing at his rawest, gutsy, most frenetic best..."

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