Johnny "Hammond" Smith: Open House (1963)
McFadden and Jones are missed on the second session, which features hard bop efforts from Virgil Jones and Person that don't really seem to fit the setting. Both are determined to leave no note unturned and often give the impression that they are trying too hard. The quartet does have all four wheels on the ground on steamy blues like "Eloise" and "Twixt The Sheets" (one of the best names for a song of this type ever), but pales next to the earlier group. However, the first session on this two-fer definitely makes this one worthy of acquisition.
Track Listing: Open House, Cyra, I Remember You, Theme From Cleopatra, Blues For De-De, Why Was I Born?, I Love You, Nica's Dream, Cleopatra and The African Knight, Bennie's Dream, Brake Through, Eloise, A Little Taste, Twixt The Sheets.
Personnel: On 1-7: Johnny "Hammond" Smith, organ; Thad Jones, trumpet, cornet; Seldon Powell, saxophone, flute; Eddie McFadden, guitar; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Loe Stevens, drums; Ray Barretto, congas. On 8-14: Johnny "Hammond" Smith, organ; Virgil Jones, trumpet; Houston Person, saxophone; Luis Taylor, drums.
Record Label: Fantasy Jazz