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BluesDaddy
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Jimmy Smith

Hey all,

I'm new to the forums and pretty new to jazz. Growing up my dad was a huge jazz fan (still is), though he was mostly interested in 20s through the early 50s stuff, not really into Beebop or any of the genres developed after that. So I had listened to some the earlier stuff and styles, Armstrong, Basie, Ellington, Jay McShann. Didn't really think I'd like Miles Davis or John Coltrane, but then I actually heard Kind of Blue and Blue Trane and went "wow". Anyway, almost 50 (in a month or so) and just starting my jazz education in ernest.

So, on to my subject line. I've got an RoIO of the Jimmy Smith Trio from the 1996 Montreux Jazz Festival and have been mightily impressed by it. Just wondering about folks' thoughts on Jimmy and recommendations for commercial releases.

Thanks!

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Re: Jimmy Smith

Welcome Bluesdaddy,

I recently recommended one of Jimmys' discs HERE

RG

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Re: Jimmy Smith

Thanks, "Home Cookin'" sounds like a good one. Combines old love (blues) with new love (jazz). Very cool.

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Re: Jimmy Smith

I think any Jimmy Smith collection has to begin with "The Sermon" and/or "Back at the Chicken Shack". Also, some of his best work with Wes Montgomery comes on "The Dynamic Duo".

Two others I'd check out are (1) his work with Joey DeFrancesco on "Legacy" and (2) "Root Down". "Legacy" is a recent CD (a year or two before his death) which pairs Smith with one of the newer masters of the Hammond playing updated (but still classic) versions of Smiths more famous tunes. "Root Down" is a little bit of a departure for Smith, with a bit of a raw "jam-band" feel and maybe a little more aggressive playing than what you'd normally expect from Jimmy.

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Re: Jimmy Smith Last Concert Video Link

Here is link of some last concert by Legend Jimmy Smith in my country;
http://www.gofish.com/video.gfp?gfid=30-1044773

For fans, Roman

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Re: Jimmy Smith Last Concert Video Link

Killer thread.

I've gotta add a couple of those to my list of things to catch up with!

Thanks.

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