Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
Album:Jimmy Smith's Finest Hour
In jazz, certain musicians are associated with certain instruments. So when discussing the Hammond Organ, it all begins with Jimmy Smith. He became popular with his Blue Note albums in the late 50s. The Sermon is one of his most popular songs. This version is from the 1963 Verve album Any Number Can Win with a big band arranged & conducted by Claus Ogerman. This Verve comp is a decent introduction to Smith's music but you should probably look at a Blue Note comp as well. With the rise of fusion music in the 70s, keyboard players turned away from the organ to the synthesizer & electric piano and Smith's soulful sound became passe. His popularity soared again as hip hop guys sampled his music and acknowledged his influence. Jimmy Smith continued to record and was a very popular live act until his death on Feb. 8, 2005 at age 76. Here's a video of Jimmy Smith performing The Champ in 1962 with Quinton Warren on guitar and Donald Bailey on drums.