Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Jimmy Smith - Organ Grinder Swing (1965)

Jimmy Smith is a jazz organist who helped to popularize the Hammond B-3. He revolutionized the way in which this instrument could be played. He started recording in 1956 for Blue Note Records and then signed to Verve Records in 1962. His playing became funkier from the late 60s to the early 80s.
Organ Grinder Swing was released in 1965 for Verve Records. The musicians are:

Drums - Grady Tate
Guitar - Kenny Burrell
Organ - Jimmy Smith

Producer - Creed Taylor

Engineer - Rudy Van Gelder 

Recorded in June 1965 at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.


1. The Organ Grinder's Swing (W. Hudson) - 2:15
2. Oh, No, Babe (Jimmy Smith) - 9:00 
3. Blues For J (Jimmy Smith) - 5:15
4. Greensleeves (Trad.) - 8:53
5. I'll Close My Eyes ( Billy Reid, Buddy Kaye) - 3:16
6. Satin Doll  ( Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer) - 7:00

 Original review by Billboard (1965)

Ad from Billboard (1965)

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