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Johnny "Hammond" Smith

Johnny "Hammond" Smith was part of the golden age of jazz organ that flourished for about 15 years, beginning in the mid-1950s. His own record label alone, Prestige, boasted such top organists as Shirley Scott, Brother Jack McDuff, Don Patterson, and Charles Earland. And looming over the entire crowded field of B-3 pilots was Jimmy Smith (no relation). Born John Robert Smith in Louisville, Kentucky, December 16, 1933, he has a mildly musical background: “My mother sang in the choir, my sister and others in the family were musical, but I’m the only one who became a professional.” “My influences were Charlie Parker, Dizzy, Bud Powell, Art Tatum, all the people who were really happening in the mid-1940s

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Jazz is Mod: An Introduction to the Mod Jazz Series

Read "Jazz is Mod: An Introduction to the Mod Jazz Series" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In England there is a solid tradition for crate digging and appreciation of American music. In fact, the whole idea of Northern Soul is based on the concept of English hipsters digging out rare soul gems in the sixties and giving them new life on the dance floor. However, the English mod scene, as it was ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1" reviewed by John Kelman

Part 1 | Part 22018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Various Venues, Montréal, Canada June 29-July 3, 2018 Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

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Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie

Read "Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Arno Oehri & Oliver Primus Open Land -Meeting John Abercrombie ECM Records 2018 Già presentato al pubblico europeo e statunitense attraverso alcune proiezioni in festival cinematografici, il documentario sul chitarrista John Abercrombie approda anche in DVD grazie alla distribuzione della ECM, la label per la quale Abercrombie ha inciso gran ...

More Fresh Sounds From Fresh Sound

Read "More Fresh Sounds From Fresh Sound" reviewed by Bruce Klauber

The Fresh Sound record label has released another superb batch of late 1950s and early 1960s recordings by jazz legends, greats, near-greats and now obscure artists who, then and now, deserve wider recognition. As detailed in previous pieces, Fresh Sound is the only organization out there issuing these essential works, which otherwise would remain lost.

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Deep Blue Organ Trio: Wonderful!

Read "Wonderful!" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Wonderful! presents the Deep Blue Organ Trio's jazz take on nine Stevie Wonder hit songs that span Talking Book (Motown, 1972) to Songs in the Key of Life (Motown, '76), plus Wonder's 1969 hit single “My Cherie Amour" and “Tell Me Something Good," Chaka Khan's breakout from Rags to Rufus (MCA, '74) by Rufus (and which ...

Missives from Distant Fronts

Read "Missives from Distant Fronts" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Bio RitmoLa Verdad Electric Cowbell Records2011 In September 2011, Bio Ritmo, the ten-piece salsa band from Richmond (Virginia), celebrated twenty years together, no small accomplishment for a band originally formed (says its official company bio) “as a percussion ensemble brought together by two misplaced Puerto Ricans who met ...

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Johnny "H" Smith: Opus de Funk

Johnny "H" Smith: Opus de Funk

Organist Johnny “Hammond" Smith isn't as well known todayas organists like Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Shirley Scott, Don Patterson and Charles Earland. I'm not sure why. Perhaps his name was too close to Johnny Smith's (the guitarist) and John Hammond's (the producer). Nevertheless, Smith was a high-energy player with enormous soul power and restraint. His recording ...

Johnny "Hammond" Smith

Label: Prestige Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: Sticks and Stones/ Because You Left Me/ Ribs an

Opus de Funk

Label: Prestige Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: 1. Sticks and Stones 2. Because You Left Me 3. Ribs an' Chips 4. Cry Me A River 5. Que Pasa? 6. Invitation 7. Spring Is Here 8. Stimulation 9. Opus de Funk 10. ALmost Like Being In Love 11. Autumn Leaves 12. Sad Eyes 13. Gone With the Wind 14. If Someone Had Told Me 15. Shirley's Theme.


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