Thursday, 27 August 2009

Jimmy Smith ”Back At The Chicken Shack”

Jimmy Smith

”Back At The Chicken Shack”
( LP Blue Note Records, 1960 )
Catalog # BST 84117
Reissued on Blue Note Rec., 2007
Catalog # 0946 3 92777 28

01 Back at the Chicken Shack (J. Smith) 8:01
02 When I Grow Too Old to Dream (O. Hammerstein, S. Romberg) 9:54
03 Minor Chant (S. Turrentine) 7:30
04 Messy Bessie (J. Smith) 12:25
05 On the Sunny Side of the Street [*] (D. Fields, J. McHugh) 5:45
[*] bonus track, not part of the original album.

Personnel & Credits:
Stanley Turrentine – tenor sax
Jimmy Smith – organ
Kenny Burrel – guitar
Donald Bailey – drums

Produced by Alfred Lion
Originally recorded on April 25, 1960 at the
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
All transfers from analog to digital made at 24-bit resolution.
Tracks 1-4 originally issued in 1963 as Blue Note BST 84117.
Track 5 originally issued in 1979 on Blue Note LT-1092.

Review by Al Campbell:
Back at the Chicken Shack is one of organist Jimmy Smith’s classic Blue Note sessions, and the first to draw attention to tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. Recorded in 1960 with Kenny Burrell on guitar, Donald Bailey on drums, and Turrentine, the group reaches the peak of funky soul-jazz that all other challengers of the genre would have to live up to. Included on this uptempo session is a reworking of “When I Grow Too Old to Dream” (a feature for Turrentine), Turrentine’s “Minor Chant,” two Smith compositions, “Messy Bessie” as well as the set’s notable title cut, and the reissue-only bonus track, “On the Sunny Side of the Street.” Smith’s Midnight Special album was recorded at these same sessions, and is also exceptional.

By Rob

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