Tuesday, May 15, 2018

#27 Jimmy Smith, "Back at the Chicken Shack"

Another entry in the Jazz lists, this album was a lot of fun. I've never heard of Jimmy Smith. Apparently, he's the one who made the Hammond organ 'cool,' when it was generally thought of something just used for church socials. That being said, while I can here his bending use of the instrument, to me, the star of this album, the one who really makes it fun, funky and moving is the saxophonist, Stanley Turrentine. The organ here still has some of that...squareness. It's played extremely well, and the organ will enter rock and roll very soon, likely because of Smith. Still, my favorite part is the sax. Well worth a listen.

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