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Recorded at Paschal's La Carousel in Atlanta, Georgia, this '68 date has Jimmy Smith's organ paired with George Benson and Nathan Page on guitar as well as Donald Bailey on drums. The three originals, "Some of My Best Friends Are Blues," "The Boss," and "Fingers," are typical of Smith's compositions with organ and guitar conjuring electrified versions of the blues, soul and jazz. The Burt Bacharach tune, "This Guy's In Love With You," comes with more sophistication in its chords and gentler execution.
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
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.