Jimmy Smith: The Boss (2005)
Smith's excellence on the organ, almost taken for granted nowadays, is the highlight of the album. As a previous review suggests, the man directs the massive, almost beast-like sound of the organ to speak and dance in human emotions. Another highlight throughout this set is guitarist George Benson. His licks on the opening track, "The Boss," and "Tuxedo Junction" are impressive in skill and tasty in flavor. The newly remastered, 24-bit sound is clear enough to almost catch some of the conversations at this historic Atlanta restaurant. (Sadly, the club may soon be demolished.) Though Bailey's drumming occasionally sounds dull on this new release, it is a minor quibble on an otherwise excellent reissue.
Track Listing: Some of My Best Friends Are Blues/ The Boss/ This Guy's In Love With You/ Fingers/ Tuxedo Junction
Personnel: Jimmy Smith- organ; George Benson, Nathan Page- guitar; Donald Bailey - drums
Record Label: Verve Music Group