Down Beat - 6/97, p.493.5 stars (out of 5)
- "...both sessions find Smith in tip-top B-3 shape..."
GOT MY MOJO WORKIN'/HOOCHIE COOCHE MAN were previously released as two separate LPs. Includes liner notes by John Corbett and Orrin Keepnews.
GOT MY MOJO WORKIN':
Personnel: Jimmy Smith (vocals, organ); Oliver Nelson (conductor, arranger); Phil Woods (alto saxophone); Romeo Penque (tenor saxophone, flute); Jerome Richardson (baritone saxophone); Ernie Royal (trumpet); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Ron Carter, George Duvivier, Ben Tucker (bass); Grady Tate (drums).
Recorded at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on December 16 & 17, 1965. Originally released on Verve (V6-8641).
HOOCHIE COOCHE MAN:
Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Oliver Nelson (conductor, arranger); Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Richard Williams, Snooky Young (trumpet); Quentin Jackson, Melba Liston, Tom McIntosh, Britt Woodman (trombone); Donald Corrado, Willie Ruff (French horn); Don Butterfield (tuba); Jack Agee, Bob Ashton, Jerry Dodgion, Jerome Richardson, Phil Woods (reeds); Buddy Lucas (harmonica); Kenny Burrell, Billy Butler, Barry Galbraith, Bill Suyker (guitar); Bob Cranshaw, Richard Davis (bass); Grady Tate (drums); Bobby Rosengarden (bongo, percussion).
Recorded at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on June 14, 1966. Originally released on Verve (V6-8667).
Nobody, but nobody, has ever made the Hammond organ work so hard as Smith. He is the undisputed king of jazz organ, and defined the sound of 'soul jazz' throughout the 60s. His work with arrangers such as Oliver Nelson represents the commercial peak of his long career. This album is one of many on the Verve label that it was cool to tuck under your arm and say that you owned. Smooth covers of 'C-Jam Blues', 'Satisfaction' and 'Hi Heel Sneakers' complement the originals as another entirely different way of playing them. The bargain CD reissue has the complete Hoochie Coochie Man as a fantastic bonus.