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Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith
Born: Dec 8, 1928 in Norristown, PA
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Died: Feb 8, 2005 in Scottsdale, AZ
Genre: Jazz, Pop/Rock
Biography: Jimmy Smith wasn't the first organ player in jazz, but no one had a greater influence with the instrument than he did; Smith coaxed a rich, grooving tone from the Hammond B-3, and his sound and style made him a top instrumentalist in the 1950s and '60s, while a number of rock and R&B keyboardists would ...Read full biography
Back at the Chicken Shack
Released: 1960
Label: EMI Music Distribution
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Back at the Chicken Shack is one of organist Jimmy Smith's classic Blue Note sessions, and the first to draw attention to tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. Recorded in 1960 with Kenny Burrell on guitar, ...Read full review
Root Down
Released: 1972
Label: Universal/Verve
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Toward the end of his stint with Blue Note, Jimmy Smith's albums became predictable. Moving to Verve in the mid-'60s helped matters considerably, since he started playing with new musicians (most notably ...Read full review