Personnel includes: Jimmy Smith (organ); Oliver Nelson, Lalo Schifrin (conductor); Jerry Dodgion, Phil Woods (alto saxophone, woodwinds); Al Cohn, Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone); Jerome Richardson (baritone saxophone); Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen, Clark Terry, Thad Jones, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton (trumpet); Ray Alonge (French horn); Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green (trombone); Don Butterfield (tuba); Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, Mark Whitfield (guitar); George Duvivier, Milt Hinton, Christian McBride (bass); Ed Shaughnessy (drums, percussion); Grady Tate, Bill English, Mel Lewis, Bernard Purdie (drums); Ray Barretto (congas).
Producers: Creed Taylor, Richard Seidel, Don Sickler.
Compilation producer: Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded between 1962 and 1995. Includes liner notes by Michael Ullman.
Digitally remastered by Jeff Willens (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
This is part of Verve's Finest Hour series.
Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Kenny Burrell, Mark Whitfield, Barry Galbraith, Wes Montgomery (guitar); Phil Woods (woodwinds, alto saxophone); Bob Ashton, Babe Clarke (woodwinds, tenor saxophone); George Barrow (woodwinds, baritone saxophone); George Dorsey (alto saxophone); Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Romeo Penque (tenor saxophone); Jerome Richardson (baritone saxophone); Doc Severinsen, Ernie Royal, Irvin "Marky" Markowitz, Joe Newman , Joe Wilder, Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, Snooky Young, Bernie Glow, Thad Jones, Jimmy Maxwell (trumpet); Bill Correa, James Buffington, Earl Chapin, Ray Alonge (French horn); Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Britt Woodman (trombone); Tom Mitchell , Tony Studd (bass trombone); Don Butterfield (tuba); Ed Shaughnessy (drums, percussion); Grady Tate, Bill Rodriquez, Mel Lewis, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Billy Gene English (drums); Ray Barretto (congas); Phil Kraus (percussion); Michael Ullman (sequencer).
Recording information: 03/28/1962-01/24/1995.
Photographers: Cynthia Sesso; Paul J. Hoeffler; Jan Persson.
Arrangers: Lalo Schifrin ; Oliver Nelson.
Verve's Finest Hour collection of Jimmy Smith's work compiles 60 minutes of career highlights, including "Walk on the Wild Side," "Got My Mojo Workin'," "James and Wes," and "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag." Though it's by no means a definitive compilation of Smith's music, it does provide an entertaining overview of some of his funkiest moments. ~ Heather Phares