Sunday, 23 August 2009

Jimmy Smith ”Plays Fats Waller”

Jimmy Smith

”Plays Fats Waller”
( LP Blue Note Records, 1962 )
Catalog # BLP 4100
Also issued on Blue Note BST 84100

Jimmy Smith (org)
Quentin Warren (g)
Donald Bailey (d)
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 23, 1962

Everybody Loves My Baby
Ain’t She Sweet
Ain’t Misbehavin’
I’ve Found A New Baby
Honeysuckle Rose
Squeeze Me
Lulu’s Back In Town

Playing piano-style single-note lines on his Hammond B-3 organ, Jimmy Smith revolutionized the use of the instrument in a jazz combo setting in the mid-’50s and early ’60s, and this piano approach makes him a natural to adapt the piano tunes associated with Fats Waller to the B-3, which is what he did at the January 23, 1962, session that is represented here (Waller, by the way, was no stranger to the organ himself, and recorded several sides on the instrument). Working with guitarist Quentin Warren and his longtime drummer Donald Bailey (who worked with Smith throughout his Blue Note years), Smith brings his amazing rapid runs to Waller standards “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Honeysuckle Rose,” and gives “Ain’t She Sweet” a wonderfully warm and soulful groove. It’s fairly typical Smith, who careens, bolts, stutters, glides, and flashes notes all over the place at a frequently breathless pace, doing what he always does, which is being Jimmy Smith at the organ. That’s what you want, and that’s what you get here.
By Steve Leggett (AMG)

By Pier


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A 320 Extraction can be found here;


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