Jimmy Smith The Cat
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- Released: March 24, 1998
- Label: Polygram Records
CD Review - Performance 10 / Sound 8
- 1.Theme From Joy House
- 2.Cat, The - (from "Joy House")
- 3.Basin Steet Blues
- 4.Main Title - (from "The Carpetbaggers")
- 5.Chicago Serenade
- 6.St. Louis Blues
- 7.Delon's Blues
- 8.Blues In The Night
Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Lalo Schifrin (conductor); Bernie Glow, Jimmy Maxwell, Marky Markowitz, Thad Jones, Ernie Royal, Snooky Young (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green (trombone); Tony Studd (bass trombone); Ray Alonge, Earl Chapin, Bill Correa, Jimmy Buffington (French horn); Don Butterfield (tuba); Kenny Burrell (guitar); George Duvivier (bass); Grady Tate (drums); Phil Kraus (percussion).
Recorded at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on April 27 & 29, 1964. Includes liner notes by Bill Dahl.
Digitally remastered using 20-bit technology.
Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Ernie Royal, Irwin "Marky" Markowitz, Snooky Young, Bernie Glow, Thad Jones, Jimmy Maxwell (trumpet); Bill Correa, James Buffington, Ray Alonge (French horn, horns); Earl Chapin (French horn); Tony Studd (trombone, bass trombone); Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Billy Byers (trombone); Don Butterfield (tuba, horns); Grady Tate (drums); Phil Kraus (percussion).
Liner Note Authors: KSFO San Francisco; Al Collins; Albert Collins.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (04/27/1964-04/29/1964).
Photographer: Ken Whitmore.
Arranger: Lalo Schifrin .
Compared to his earlier Blue Note recordings, organist Jimmy Smith's outings for Verve are not as strong from a jazz standpoint. Certainly his renditions of the "Theme from Joy House," "The Cat" and the "Main Title from The Carpetbaggers" are not all that significant. However, this CD has some tasteful arrangements for the big band by Lalo Schifrin and some good playing by the great organist on a variety of other blues-oriented material. Also the combination of organ with a big band is sometimes quite appealing, making this CD worth picking up despite its commercial tracks. ~ Scott Yanow
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