Details: Verve V6-8583, stereo, "Division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer" on label, gatefold cover, 1964
Condition: Vinyl G+ (good luster, but many light scratches) Jacket G+ (general wear, seams intact but close to splitting in places, former owner's name written in magic marker on inner left gatefold)
Out of Print and Not Available as CD.
This is a big band outing for the dynamic bop organist, in which he plays with Oliver Nelson's band.
From the All Music Guide:
Though he never received any exaggerated title, Jimmy Smith certainly ruled the Hammond organ in the '50s and '60s. He revolutionized the instrument, showing it could be creatively used in a jazz context and popularized in the process. His Blue Note sessions from 1956 to 1963 were extremely influential and are highly recommended. Smith turned the organ into almost an ensemble itself. He provided walking bass lines with his feet, left hand chordal accompaniment, solo lines in the right, and a booming, funky presence that punctuated every song, particularly the up-tempo cuts. Smith turned the fusion of R&B, blues, and gospel influences with bebop references and devices into a jubilant, attractive sound that many others immediately absorbed before following in his footsteps.
The tracks are:
1. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
2. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Part One
3. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Part Two
4. John Brown's Body
5. Wives and Lovers
6. Women of the World
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