- Released: August 2, 2005
- Label: Blue Note Records
- 1.Judo Mambo
- 2.Willow Weep For Me
- 3.Lover Come Back To Me
- 4.Well You Needn't
- 5.Fiddlin' The Minors
- 6.Autumn Leaves
- 7.I Cover The Waterfront
- 8.Jamey - (bonus track)
- 9.My Funny Valentine - (bonus track)
- 10.I Can't Give You Anything But Love - (bonus track)
- 11.Slightly Monkish - (bonus track)
Includes four bonus tracks.
Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Jimmy Smith ; Thornel Schwartz (guitar); Donald Bailey (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Rudy Van Gelder.
Liner Note Authors: Leonard Feather; Bob Blumenthal.
Recording information: 06/17/1956/06/18/1956.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using 24-bit technology.
Photographer: Francis Wolff.
One of Jimmy Smith's earliest recordings for Blue Note, 1956's AT THE ORGAN, VOLUME 3 presents the innovative Hammond player backed by guitarist Thornel Schwartz and drummer Donald Bailey. This spare setting allows Smith to run amok on the keys with his trademark abandon, while always keeping things anchored to a tight, steady groove. His adventurous take on Thelonious Monk's "Well, You Needn't" is a total showstopper complemented later in the album by Smith's own tribute to the enigmatic pianist, "Slightly Monkish," which stays true to its title by laying down a quirky melody and a sauntering cadence. Other tracks find Smith and company tackling standards such as "Autumn Leaves" and "My Funny Valentine," but always with an enthusiasm and sense of invention that keep them lively and far from rote. Although this disc doesn't hit on Smith's funkiest playing, which would come in later decades, it reveals the roots of his renowned sound.