Jimmy Smith (1925-2005) was a jazz musician whose instrument was the Hammond B-3 electric organ. Born James Oscar Smith on 8th December 1925 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States. Smith was influenced by both gospel and blues. He first achieved prominence in the 1950s where his recordings became popular on jukeboxes before there were commonly used terms to describe his unique musical flavor. ...show more
Jimmy Smith (1925-2005) was a jazz musician whose instrument was the Hammond B-3 electric organ. Born James Oscar Smith on 8th December 1925 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States. Smith was influenced by both gospel and blues. He first achieved prominence in the 1950s where his recordings became popular on jukeboxes before there were commonly used terms to describe his unique musical flavor.
In the sixties and seventies he helped create the jazz style known as soul jazz. Smith employed a unique technique to emulate a string bass player on the organ. Although he played walking bass lines on the pedals on ballads, for uptempo tunes, he would play the bass line on the lower manual and use the pedals for emphasis on the attack of certain notes. His solos were characterised by percussive chords mixed with very fast melodic improvisation with the right hand.
Smith was a prolific recording artist. He first recorded with the Blue Note label in 1956. His early albums with Blue Note sold very well, improving its financial viability and aiding the label's efforts to promote other artists. They include Home Cookin' , The Sermon!, Midnight Special, Prayer Meetin' , and Back At The Chicken Shack. ...show less
Albums & Singles by Jimmy Smith
Back At The Chicken Shack, Vol. 4
Jazz Rock - Live In Isreal
King Of The Road
A Subtle One
Got My Mojo Workin' - (Digitally Re-Mastered 2011)
Back At The Chicken Shack (Digitally Re-mastered)
The Organ Genius - Jazz Sessions NYC '57 - '58
Jimmy Smith At the Organ, Vol. 1 : A New Sound - A New Star
Jimmy Smith At the Organ, Vol. 2 : The Champ
Jimmy Smith At the Organ Vol. 3 : The Incredible
Jimmy Smith: Turquoise
Jimmy Smith: The Preacher - Live
Jimmy Smith: Slightly Monkish
Jimmy Smith: J.O.S.
Jimmy Smith: Imagination
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