Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Grady Tate (vocals, drums); Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Kenny Burrell (guitar).
Recorded live at Fat Tuesday's, New York, New York on November 16 & 17, 1990. Includes liner notes by Bill Cosby, Andrew Whist and Steve Blickstein.
Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Grady Tate (vocals, drums); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone).
Audio Remixer: Danny Kopelson.
Liner Note Authors: Andrew Whist; Bill Cosby.
Recording information: Fat Tuesday's, New York, NY (11/16/1990/11/17/1990).
Photographer: Frank Lindner.
Unknown Contributor Role: Kenny Burrell.
FOURMOST captures the collaborative efforts of drummer Grady Tate, tenor saxman Stanley Turrentine, long-time Smith guitarist Kenny Burrell and the master organist himself, as they groove through a sizzling live set. Recorded in 1990 at Fat Tuesday's in New York City, the show overflows with the kind of evocative, free-flowing yet tightly disciplined artistry one has come to expect from Smith. The soul that drips off tracks like "Midnight Special" and Burrell's own "Soulful Brothers," as filtered through Smith's mind-bending hand/foot work at the Hammond, Turrentine's pure, personal tone, and Burrell's swinging melodic lines, is enough to make a convert of just about anyone.
Even tired standards such as "Summertime" and "My Funny Valentine," as well as the two Ellington treatments ("Main Stem" and "Things Ain't What They Used To Be"), are resuscitated with new tempos, moods, and above all, blazing leads all around. The record's highlight may be "Quiet Night of Quiet Stars," a textured bossa nova jam that has Smith shouting "Oh, my God!" by the tune's end. With playing like this, there's a good chance listeners will be echoing Smith's sentiments.