Monday, 26 October 2009

Jimmy Smith ”Six Views Of The Blues”

Jimmy Smith

”Six Views Of The Blues”
( BLue Note Records, 1958 )
Issued in 1999
Catalog # 21435

1 St. Louis Blues [#] Handy 8:38
2 The Swingin’ Shepherd Blues Koffman 3:55
3 Blues, No 1 [#] Smith 6:25
4 Blues No. 3 [#] Smith 7:10
5 Blues No. 4 [#] Smith 10:45
6 Blues No. 2 [#] Smith 9:00

Personnel & Credits:
Donald Bailey Drums
Art Blakey Drums
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Michael Cuscuna Producer, Liner Notes
Alfred Lion Producer
Alfred Lyon Producer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Cecil Payne Sax (Baritone)
Jimmy Smith Organ
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Francis Wolff Photography

This is quite an unusual date for Jimmy Smith during his Blue Note years. He leads a quartet with baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne, guitarist Kenny Burrell and either Art Blakey or Donald Bailey on drums, one of the rare occasions he didn’t use Lou Donaldson during this period. Except for a remake of Moe Koffman’s hit “Swingin’ Shepherd Blues,” the remaining music remained unreleased until 1999, possibly because of minor sound flaws and the all-blues play list, according to reissue producer Michael Cuscuna. Regardless, this is great music that needs to be explored. Smith is still the master when it comes to slow blues on his instrument, and both Payne and Burrell contribute strong solos, especially during an extended “St. Louis Blues.” Smith’s four original blues are also very enjoyable. Because this release is a limited edition, pick it up before it disappears for good.
By Ken Dryden (AMG)

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