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Very Best (2005)

Artist: Jimmy Smith
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Format: CD
Sku: 63979981
UPC: 724347739323
UPC 14: 00724347739323
Release Date: 5/24/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Champ, The - (live) ~ Jimmy Smith (Organ)
2. All Day Long ~ Jimmy Smith (Organ)
3. When Johnny Comes Marching Home ~ Jimmy Smith (Organ)
4. See See Rider ~ Jimmy Smith (Organ)
5. Jumpin' Blues, The ~ Jimmy Smith (Organ)
6. Back At The Chicken Shack ~ Jimmy Smith (Organ)
7. Fungii Mama ~ Jimmy Smith (Organ)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Jimmy Smith (Hammond b-3 organ); Lou Donaldson (alto saxophone); Kenny Burrell, Thornel Schwartz, Quentin Warren (guitar); Stanley Turrentine, Percy France (tenor saxophone); Donald Bailey , Grady Tate, Art Blakey (drums); Errol Crusher Bennett (percussion).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Donald Elfman.
Muze PNote Recording information: Manhattan Towers, New York, NY (03/27/1956-01/03/1986); Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, NJ (03/27/1956-01/03/1986).
Muze PNote Photographer: Francis Wolff.
Muze PNote The cool, groove-drenched swirl of Jimmy Smith's organ is the quintessential sound of '50s and '60s soul-jazz, and Blue Note's THE VERY BEST OF is a tasty seven-track compilation of the master at work. Of the era's Hammond B-3 titans, Smith is probably the best known, and his synthesis of straightforward, blues-based groove and sophisticated bop vocabulary comes across just as fresh and enjoyable today as it did when he was first on the scene. Smith could make nearly any track swing (his transformation of the stately march "When Johnny Come Marching Home," featured here, is a case in point), and his sense of taste, balance, and mood is unerring.
Muze PNote The laid-in-the-cut blues of "All Day Long," which features fine work from alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson and guitarist Kenny Burrell (not to mention subtle brushwork from drummer Art Blakey), keeps things cool, while "The Jumpin' Blues," played here with a restrained intensity, is classic, uptempo bop. "Back at the Chicken Shack," the title cut from one of Smith's finest albums, features excellent solos from Burrell and saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, while Smith piles on stacks of tasty Hammond licks. Though not comprehensive, this well-selected compilation is a great way for the uninitiated to sample this soul-jazz giant.

Producer: Michael Cuscuna; Lola Smith; Alfred Lion; Michael Cuscuna (Compilation); Michael Cuscuna (Reissue)

Engineer: Rudy VanGelder

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Kenny Burrell
Muze Guest Artist Art Blakey
Muze Guest Artist Stanley Turrentine

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Kickin' The 3-The Best Of Orga
Muze Music Compilations Verve Unmixed 3
Muze Music Compilations Complete Verve Remixed (Deluxe Edition) (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Music For Lovers
Muze Music Compilations Jazz Number 1's
Muze Music Compilations Jazz:smithsonian Anthology
Muze Music Compilations Comp Pop Instrumental/sixties V3:1962
Muze Music Compilations Icon:best Of Blue Note
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Collection

Associated Artists and Works

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

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/24/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2005
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 77393
Music Label Name Label : Blue Note (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00724347739323

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