Jimmy Smith: Prayer Meetin (2004)
Just reissued in a new RVG edition, the album delivers a typically soulful blend of blues, R&B and bebop highlighting Turrentine's lush tenor sax and Smith's always grooving Hammond organ. With guitarist Quentin Warren and drummer Donald Bailey helping out, the ensemble serves up authoritative takes on Ivory Joe Hunter's "I Almost Lost My Mind," Gene Ammons' "Red Top," as well as a handful of Smith originals, including the rousing title tune. A slow-paced reworking of "When the Saints Go Marching In" is the album's only miscue.
Prayer Meetin' also includes two bonus cuts, "Lonesome Road" and "Smith Walk," originally recorded in 1960, shortly after Smith's classic Back at the Chicken Shack and Midnight Special albums. These tracks are notable for the addition of the fine bassist Sam Jones, the only time Smith recorded for Blue Note with a bass player.
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Track Listing: 1. Prayer Meetin' 2. I Almost Lost My Mind 3. Stone Cold Dead in the Market 4. When the Saints Go Marching In 5. Red Top 6. Picnickin'7. Lonesome Road [*] 8. Smith Walk [*]
Personnel: Jimmy Smith: Hammond Organ; Stanley Turrentine: Tenor Sax; Quentin Warren: Guitar; Sam Jones: Bass; Donald Bailey: Drums.
Record Label: Blue Note Records