Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Jimmy Smith

Artist:  Jimmy Smith
Birth Name:  James Oscar Smith
Born:  December 8, 1925.  Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA
Died:  February 8, 2005 (Aged 79).  Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Genre:  Jazz, Hard Bop, Jazz Funk, Soul Jazz, Mainstream Jazz, Fusion Jazz
Occupation:  Musician
Instruments:  Hammond B-3, Electric Organ

Jimmy Smith was an American Jazz Musician.  He wasn't the first organ player in Jazz but no one had a greater influence with the instrument that he did.  He recorded more than 30 albums for Blue Note Records between 1956 and 1963, collaborating with the likes of Kenny Burrell, Stanley Turrentine and Jackie McLean.  In 1963, he signed a new record deal with Verve.  In 2005, he was awarded the NEA Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor that America bestows upon Jazz Musicians.

Title:  The Cat  (1998)
Genre:  Jazz, Hard Bop, Jazz Funk, Soul Jazz, Mainstream Jazz, Fusion Jazz
Label:  Verve Records
Rating:   *****


 1.  Theme From Joy House  (4:38)
 2.  The Cat  (3:24)
 3.  Basin Street Blues  (4:00)
 4.  Main Title From The Carpetbaggers  (3:56)
 5.  Chicago Serenade  ((3:55)
 6.  St. Louis Blues  (3:18)
 7.  Delon's Blues  (4:48)
 8.  Blues In The Night  (4:45)


Jimmy Smith:  Organ
Lalo Schifrin:   Conductor, Arranger
Ernie Royal:  Trumpet
Bernie Glow:  Trumpet
Jimmy Maxwell:  Trumpet
Marky Markowitz:  Trumpet
Snooky Young:  Trumpet
Thad Jones:  Trumpet
Ray Alonge:  French Horn
Jim Buffington:  French Horn
Earl Chapin:  French Horn
Bill Correa:  French Horn
Billy Byers:  Trombone
Jimmy Cleveland:  Trombone
Urbie Green:  Trombone
Tony Studd:  Bass Trombone
Don Butterfield:  Tuba
Kenny Burrell:  Guitar
George Duvivier:  Bass
Phil Kraus:  Percussion
Grady Tate:  Drums

The Cat is a 1964 album by Jimmy Smith, originally released on September, 1964, by Verve Records, remastered and reissued on March 24, 1998 by Verve Records, features the sound of Jimmy's Hammond B-3 Organ with Big Band arrangement and conductor by Lalo Schifrin.  The album reached No. 12 on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart.

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