Jimmy Smith Standards

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  • Released: February 2, 1998
  • Originally Released: 1998
  • Label: Blue Note Records


  • 1.Little Girl Blue
  • 2.Bye Bye Blackbird
  • 3.I'm Just A Lucky So And So
  • 4.Ruby
  • 5.September Song
  • 6.I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  • 7.Memories Of You
  • 8.But Beautiful
  • 9.Mood Indigo
  • 10.While We're Young
  • 11.It Might As Well Be Spring
  • 12.The Last Dance

Product Description:

STANDARDS contains seven tracks that are previously unissued.
Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Donald Bailey (drums).
Producer: Alfred Lion.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on August 25, 1957, July 15, 1958 & May 24, 1959. Tracks 1-5 originally released as ON THE SUNNY SIDE on Blue Note (1092). Includes liner notes by Ben Sidran.
Digitaly remastered using 20-bit technology by Ron McMaster.
Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Donald Bailey (drums).
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, NJ (08/25/1957-05/24/1959).
Photographer: Francis Wolff.
The ultimate late-night smoky nightclub music, this collection of standards by Hammond-organ master Jimmy Smith is as swirling and atmospheric as the lounge it evokes, a vision made complete by a loosened black tie and a couple scotches on the rocks. Smith's sidemen, Kenny Burrell and Donald Bailey, on guitar and drums respectively, provide subdued, elegant support: Burrell with measured comping, Bailey delicately brushing the snare throughout. When Burrell takes the lead, which he does quite often on this disc, his solos are skillful, intricate and lovely.
Smith's Hammond organ sound, fat as a sandwich and smooth as an ice cube, works wonders on favorites like "Little Girl Blue," "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "Mood Indigo." Smith's playing, when he is doing chordal blocking or skittering over the higher register with skillful fingers, exhibits a style that is both graceful and groovy. Taken from sessions in '57, '58 and '59, STANDARDS is at once retro and modern, since Smith augments the nostalgic nightclub feel with the help of chorus settings, volume shifts and other effects. All in all, however, the effect is unified one: a relaxed sound that simply drips with cool.

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  • UPC: 724382128229
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