Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Richard Williams, Eugene Young (trumpet); Jimmy Buffington, Willie Ruff (flugelhorn); Quentin Jackson, Tom McIntosh, Britt Woodman (trombone); Dick Hixson, Tony Studd (bass trombone); Bob Ashton, Danny Bank, Jerry Dodgion, Jerome Richardson, Stan Webb, Phil Woods (woodwinds); Billy Butler, Barry Galbraith (guitar); Richard Davis (bass); Harry Breuer, Bobby Rosengarden (drums, percussion); Grady Tate (drums).
Producer: Creed Taylor.
Reissue producer: Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey in May 1966. Originally released on Verve (V6-8652). Includes liner notes by Al "Jazzbo" Collins and Oliver Nelson.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This is part of Verve's By Request series.
Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Bill Butler, Barry Galbraith (guitar); Danny Bank, Stanley Webb , Bob Ashton, Jerome Richardson, Phil Woods (woodwinds); Richard Gene Williams , Ernie Royal, Joe Newman , Snooky Young (trumpet); Willie Ruff, James Buffington (French horn); Quentin Jackson, Tom McIntosh, Britt Woodman (trombone); Dick Hixson, Tony Studd (bass trombone); Harry Breuer, Bobby Rosengarden (drums, percussion); Grady Tate (drums).
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (05/11/1966-05/12/1966).
Arranger: Oliver Nelson.
Of all of organist Jimmy Smith's big-band albums recorded for Verve, this is one of the most imaginative ones. Oliver Nelson arranged a variety of themes from Prokofiev's Peter & the Wolf into a swinging suite featuring the great organist Jimmy Smith. Although there is no verbal narrative on this LP, Nelson's liner notes tell the story (which can actually be followed through the music) and Smith pays respect to the original melodies while making strong statements of his own. A classic of its kind. ~ Scott Yanow