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Jimmy Smith


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


It's All Right With Me

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Organ Grinder Swing; It's All Right With Me; Midnight Special; Off the Top.


Article: Album Review

Organ Fairchild: Leisure Suit

Read "Leisure Suit" reviewed by Doug Collette

Nattily attired as Organ Fairchild is in the cover photo of Leisure Suit, the last word in the album title would seem to take the form of a verb rather than a noun. The fast-evolving ensemble strives for and reaches a playful atmosphere on this, their sophomore studio outing, but that's hardly the extent of their ...


Article: From the Inside Out

Color Red Records: A Label, Sound, and Vision

Read "Color Red Records: A Label, Sound, and Vision" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

When Eddie Roberts, leader of The New Mastersounds, moved to Denver, Colorado, in 2015, he discovered a local music scene that contributed to his vision for a new type of music organization: a label that would be more than a label, producing and releasing music that would be more than (good) music--music that would establish a ...

Results for pages tagged "Jimmy Smith"...


Jimmy Smith - Trumpet


Detroit based trumpeter, composer, and arranger Jimmy Smith is among the most sought after musicians in the Midwest. He holds a Masters degree in jazz performance from The Aaron Copland School of Music, and is an alumnus of The Berklee College of Music as well as Wayne State University. Also a music educator, Jimmy has held numerous artists in residence positions in the NYC public schools. He is the director of the “Summer Rocks” and “Jazz Experience” programs at the Detroit School of Rock and Pop music, and is a certified music teacher in Michigan. In addition to being a member of The Motor City Horns, he is also a member of The Paul Keller Orchestra, Bobby Streng’s House Big Band, and The Motor City Jazz Orchestra


Article: Album Review

Dorothy Ashby: With Strings Attached, 1957-1965

Read "With Strings Attached, 1957-1965" reviewed by John Chacona

Imagine if Sidney Bechet, Charlie Christian and Jimmy Smith were barely remembered and recordings of their music were long unavailable and known only on the geekiest corners of Discogs. That is essentially the status of harpist Dorothy Ashby. Like the three figures cited above, Ashby essentially created a language for her chosen instrument, the harp, where ...


Article: Album Review

Tim Carman Trio: King Comfy

Read "King Comfy" reviewed by Doug Collette

On King Comfy, Tim Carman Trio plays with such irrepressible glee that it is difficult, if not impossible, to resist the vivacious charm of their musicianship. Over the course of the album's forty-minutes, its tongue-in-cheek title becomes as much (or more) of a direct reflection of the band's natural fluidity as its ingratiating cover photo.


Article: Album Review

Anthony E. Nelson Jr.: Swinging Sunset

Read "Swinging Sunset" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

The fascination with Hammond B3 organ trios, which were so prevalent in the '50s and '60s, remains undiminished. And rightly so as there were some stellar organists who were plying their trade in that period, including Jimmy Smith, Milt Buckner and Wild Bill Davis. However, the mystique around the clubs in which these performers played may ...


Article: Book Review

Philadelphia Jazz

Read "Philadelphia Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Philadelphia Jazz Suzanne Cloud and Diane Turner 127 pages ISBN 978-1-4671-0784-6 Images of America Arcadia Publishing 2022 Philadelphia longs to be known as a jazz town, a city distinguished by its major contribution to the jazz legacy. There is a good ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Lucas de Mulder, Towner Galaher and Anthony E. Nelson Jr: Organ Trios Redux

Read "Lucas de Mulder, Towner Galaher and Anthony E. Nelson Jr: Organ Trios Redux" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's fair to say that the organ trio is one of the most durable instrumental concepts in the jazz milieu. It's equally reasonable to state it's one of the most malleable as well: apart from the indispensable Hammond B3 keyboard, accompanying sounds customarily come from a guitar or saxophone. Early practitioners of the concept such as ...


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