Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Jimmy Smith - Off the Top

It had been nine years since organist Jimmy Smith recorded for a major label when Bruce Lundvall approached him to make an album for Elektra Musician. Smith plays some unusual material (including Lionel Richie's "Endless Love" and the "Theme from M.A.S.H.") on this recording but swings everything and has a particularly strong supporting cast -- guitarist George Benson, Stanley Turrentine on tenor, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Grady Tate. A fine comeback date.
Scott Yanow

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Jimmy Smith
Off the Top


1 Off the Top (Smith) 7:47
2 Endless Love (Richie) 7:06
3 Mimosa (Benson) 5:49
4 I'll Drink to That (Smith) 7:34
5 Suicide Is Painless [Theme from M*A*S*H] (Altman, Mandel) 6:10
6 Ain't Misbehavin' (Brooks, Razaf, Waller) 3:57
7 Jimmy Smith Rap (Smith) 1:08


8 Keep on Comin' (Smith) 12:35
9 Be Yourself (Burrell) 8:03
10 No Problem (Smith) 7:28
11 Callitwhachawana (Griffin) 8:19

First issued on the Album Keep on Comin'

Jimmy Smith - org
George Benson - g
Ron Carter - b
Grady Tate - dr
Stanley Turrentine - ts
Errol "Crusher" Bennett - perc
Recorded at Generation Sound Studios, New York City ; June 7, 1982
[# 8-11]
Jimmy Smith - org
Kenny Burrell - g
Mike Baker - dr
Johnny Griffin - ts
Recorded live at the Atlanta Free Jazz Festival, Atlanta, GA ; September 3, 1983

Organist Jimmy Smith's second of two LPs for the Elektra Musician label is unusual in a couple of respects. He had never played organ with tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin before and on one piece, "Piano Solo Medley," Smith has a very rare feature on piano. Otherwise, Keep on Comin' is in the soulfully swinging vein that one associates with the great organist, with the music comprised of recent originals by Smith, Griffin, and guitarist Kenny Burrell, who with drummer Mike Baker completes the quartet.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:gxfuxqygldde


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Heervee said...

JS: 2 really good and incredible sessions, a must have from JS, Kenny is in great form. THANK YOU!

Melanchthon said...


jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias

Andy said...

I just heard Mimosa on youtube and had to have this album I previously knew nothing about, and here you have it, for which I'm most grateful. Thanks a lot Mel.

Starchild said...

Hi Mel. Please re-up this one also. Thanks.