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Born James Oscar Smith in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA. Smith was influenced by both gospel and blues. He first achieved prominence in the 1950s where his recordings became popular on jukeboxes before there were commonly used terms to describe his unique musical flavor. In the sixties and seventies he helped create the jazz style known as 'funk' or 'soul jazz'. There had been earlier limited use of the electronic organ in jazz (notably by Fats Waller and Count Basie), though these early examples sometimes had a novelty feel. Smith is widely recognized as introducing the electric organ as a legitimate musical instrument, capable of virtuoso improvisation. Smith employed a unique technique to emulate a string bass player on the organ

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Article: Album Review

Mike LeDonne: It's All Your Fault

Read "It's All Your Fault" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Even though listed on only four tracks, organist Mike LeDonne's superlative Groover Quartet performs on every one of the nine selections on LeDonne's admirable new recording, It's All Your Fault—and that's a good thing, as each member of the quartet (LeDonne, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, guitarist Peter Bernstein, drummer Joe Farnsworth) is an accomplished soloist and ...

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News: Video / DVD

Jimmy Smith: Confirmation

Jimmy Smith: Confirmation

Back in the vinyl era, record-buying decisions were made based on the backs of albums. Jacket covers attracted your attention in stores but the personnel, song choices and liner notes on the back often were tipping points in terms of spending. Before shrink wrap sealed albums starting in the early 1960s, some stores let you listen ...

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Article: Album Review

Monaco, Meurkens, Hoyson, Lucas: Strollin'

Read "Strollin'" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


There are albums that seem to warrant physical engagement on the part of the listener. It is that sort of a music-listener dynamic where a long joyride or easy walk while enjoying the sounds is in order. By its very title Strollin' gives it all away here. And, it's no secret: this is take- it-along-and-enjoy-it music. ...

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Article: Live Review

Joey DeFrancesco Quartet at Van Gelder Studio

Read "Joey DeFrancesco Quartet at Van Gelder Studio" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Joey DeFrancesco Quartet Live from Van Gelder Studio Englewood Cliffs, NJ May 15, 2021 Rudy Van Gelder (1924-2016) was a rarity among sound engineers in that his name was highlighted on many album covers and he achieved legendary status in the jazz world. He initially held recording ...

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Article: Album Review

Amit Friedman: Home at Last

Read "Home at Last" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Once upon a time, jazz, an American creation, was confined for the most part within its borders. But that was once upon a time. Today, any barriers that once kept jazz within a prescribed realm have long since vanished, and the music Americans once embraced as their own has flourished around the world, performed with increasing ...

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Article: Album Review

The City Champs: Luna '68

Read "Luna '68" reviewed by Doug Collette


The instrumental trio of guitarist Joe Restivo, organist Al Gamble and drummer George Sluppick first came together as the City Champs in 2007. After the release of The Safecracker (Electraphonic Recordings, 2009) and The Set-Up (Electraphonic Recordings, 2010), the three musicians were then drawn in different directions; Restivo, a member of the Bo-Keys, supported artists such ...

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Article: So You Don't Like Jazz

Khruangbin: The Sly Art of Containment

Read "Khruangbin: The Sly Art of Containment" reviewed by Alan Bryson


It's a good bet that most of us have heard people say they don't like jazz, or even worse, drop the H-bomb, “I hate jazz." If you choose to engage, the key is to tread lightly and tailor an approach that considers the tastes and sensibilities of the other person. The “So You Don't Like Jazz" ...

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Article: Album Review

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio: I Told You So

Read "I Told You So" reviewed by Mark Corroto


To quote The Stranger in the film The Big Lebowski (1998), “Sometimes there's a man. I won't say a hero, 'cause what's a hero? Sometimes there's a man, and I'm talkin' about the dude here, sometimes there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place." In the 21st century, you might nominate Delvon ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Smith

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Smith

All About Jazz is celebrating Jimmy Smith's birthday today! Born James Oscar Smith in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA. Smith was influenced by both gospel and blues. He first achieved prominence in the 1950s where his recordings became popular on jukeboxes before there were commonly used terms to describe his unique musical flavor. In the sixties and seventies ...


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