Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith - master of Mellow.

Jimmy Smith And Stanely Turrentine – Live At The Village Gate – 1985/1986 – Past Daily Downbeat.

Jimmy Smith – master of Mellow.

Jimmy Smith Quartet featuring Stanley Turrentine – Live At The Village Gate – December 31, 1985 – January 1, 1986 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

A rather short set from the legendary Jimmy Smith Quartet featuring Stanley Turrentine – recorded live at The Village Gate on New Year’s Eve 1985 from WBGO-FM. Joining in the merriment is Grady Tate on Drums and Kenny Burrell on guitar.

A little something to smooth out jangled nerves, this New Years Day and prop you up if you’re feeling “delicate”, the morning after. A dose of Jimmy Smith is good for just about everything.

Jimmy Smith signed to the Verve label in 1962. His first album, Bashin’, sold well and for the first time Smith worked with a big band, led by Oliver Nelson. Further big band collaborations followed with composer/arranger Lalo Schifrin for The Cat and guitarist Wes Montgomery, with whom he recorded two albums: The Dynamic Duo and Further Adventures of Jimmy and Wes. Other albums from this period include Blue Bash! and Organ Grinder Swing with Kenny Burrell, The Boss with George Benson, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Got My Mojo Working, and Hoochie Coochie Man.

Jimmy Smith had a career revival in the 1980s and 1990s, again recording for Blue Note and Verve, and for Elektra and Milestone. He also recorded with Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson (he can be heard on the title track of the Bad album), Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Joey DeFrancesco. His last album, Dot Com Blues (Blue Thumb/Verve, 2000), was recorded with B. B. King, Dr. John, and Etta James.

Stanley Turrentine began his career playing R&B for Earl Bostic and later soul jazz recording for the Blue Note label from 1960, touched on jazz fusion during a stint on CTI in the 1970s. He was described by critic Steve Huey as “renowned for his distinctively thick, rippling tone and earthy grounding in the blues.” In the 1960s Turrentine was married to organist Shirley Scott, with whom he frequently recorded, and he was the younger brother of trumpeter Tommy Turrentine, with whom he also recorded.

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