Jimmy Smith – Jimmy Smith At The Organ, Volume 1 (1956/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jimmy Smith – Jimmy Smith At The Organ, Volume 1 (1956/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:35:59 minutes | 390 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

The Incredible Jimmy Smith (subtitled Jimmy Smith at the Organ Vol. 3) is the third album by American jazz organist Jimmy Smith featuring performances recorded in 1956 and released on the Blue Note label. The album was rereleased on CD combined with Smith’s previous two LP’s A New Sound… A New Star… and A New Sound A New Star: Jimmy Smith at the Organ Volume 2.

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Jimmy Smith – The Fantastic Jimmy Smith! (1969/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jimmy Smith – The Fantastic Jimmy Smith! (1969/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 46:23 minutes | 660 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

James Oscar Smith (December 8, 1925 or 1928 – February 8, 2005) was an American jazz musician whose albums often appeared on Billboard magazine charts. He helped popularize the Hammond B-3 organ, creating a link between jazz and 1960s soul music.

In 2005, Smith was awarded the NEA Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor that America bestows upon jazz musicians.

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Jimmy Smith – The Sermon (1959/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Jimmy Smith – The Sermon (1959/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/48kHz | Time – 40:11 minutes | 372 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Blue Note

The Sermon! is an album by jazz organist Jimmy Smith. It was produced by the Blue Note record label, and was Smith’s fifteenth album in three years. AllMusic’s Lindsay Planer described the album as “a prime example of Smith and company’s myriad of talents.”

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Jimmy Smith – House Party (1958/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Jimmy Smith – House Party (1958/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/48kHz | Time – 43:31 minutes | 441 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Music Manager

House Party is the fourteenth album by American jazz organist Jimmy Smith featuring performances recorded in 1957 and 1958 and released on the Blue Note label. The album was rereleased on CD with one bonus track.

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Jimmy Smith – Jimmy Smith Plays Fats Waller (1962/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jimmy Smith – Jimmy Smith Plays Fats Waller (1962/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 34:55 minutes | 662 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

Plays Fats Waller is an album by American jazz organist Jimmy Smith featuring performances of tunes associated with Fats Waller recorded in 1962 and released on the Blue Note label.

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Jimmy Smith – Jimmy Smith At The Organ Vol. 3 (1956/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jimmy Smith – Jimmy Smith At The Organ Vol. 3 (1956/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 37:34 minutes | 1,19 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | ©  Blue Note Records

Rudy Van Gelder remastered edition. The late Jimmy Smith still was a new phenomenon when his third album was released in August 1956. Forty-nine years later, his music remains as vital and fresh as ever. With an incredible technique, Smith combined blues and be-bop and forged a new sound on a daunting instrument. Van Gelder outdid himself on this remastering job. This edition of the album boasts four bonus tracks: ‘Jamey’, ‘My Funny Valentine’, ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’ and ‘Slightly Monkish’.

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Jimmy Smith – I’m Movin’ On (1963/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Jimmy Smith – I’m Movin’ On (1963/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:50 minutes | 1,45 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download Source: HighResAudio | © Blue Note Records

One of the many consistently impressive things about Jimmy Smith is his ability to evoke different moods. „I’m Movin’ On“ is no exception. Smith’s trio moves from the irresistible, laid-back groove of the title track, through the cowboy lope of ‘Hotel Happiness’ and soul-drenched blues ballads like ‘T’aint No Use’ to the lush, romantic rendering of ‘What Kind Of Fool Am I,’ in which Smith’s organ conjures soft, floating clouds of sound. The release is distinguished by the guitar work of Grant Green, whose brilliantly measured, stylish solos perfectly augment Smith’s thick, intense leads. (more…)

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Jimmy Smith – A New Sound, A New Star (Remastered) (1956/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Jimmy Smith – A New Sound, A New Star (Remastered) (1956/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:22:54 minutes | 811 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

A New Sound… A New Star… is the debut album by American jazz organist Jimmy Smith featuring performances recorded in 1956 and released on the Blue Note label. The album was rereleased on CD combined with Smith’s following two LP’s A New Sound A New Star: Jimmy Smith at the Organ Volume 2 and The Incredible Jimmy Smith at the Organ.

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Jimmy Smith – A Date With Jimmy Smith, Volume 1 & 2 (1957/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Jimmy Smith – A Date With Jimmy Smith, Vol. 1 & 2 (1957/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 68:14 minutes | 2,81 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front cover

These 1957 sessions were the first Jimmy Smith did with horns after his recording debut the previous year. With the calibre of the top-rank musicians involved – Smith, the first to translate Bird’s innovations to the organ, altoist Donaldson, the blues-drenched Bird follower, and both Mobley and Byrd contributing some thoughtful blowing of their own on tenor and trumpet respectively – the overall results were rewarding.

VOL 1: After cutting five albums with his trio, organist Jimmy Smith on Feb. 11, 1957, recorded with trumpeter Donald Byrd, altoist Lou Donaldson and tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley in a sextet that also included guitarist Eddie McFadden and drummer Art Blakey. Among the five songs recorded that day, two (lengthy versions of “Falling in Love with Love” and “Funk’s Oats”) are included on this LP along with a shorter trio rendition of “How High the Moon” from two days later with McFadden and drummer Donald Bailey in a trio.

VOL 2: For the jam session date altoist Lou Donaldson has a duet with organist Jimmy Smith on “I’m Getting Sentimental over You,” and together they match up forces in a sextet with trumpeter Donald Byrd, Hank Mobley on tenor, guitarist Eddie McFadden and drummer Art Blakey, playing lengthy versions of Mobley’s “Groovy Date” and Duke Ellington’s “I Let a Song Go out of My Heart.” All of the Jimmy Smith jam sessions are easily recommended to fans of straightahead jazz. (more…)

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Jimmy Smith – Christmas Cookin’ (1992/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Jimmy Smith – Christmas Cookin’ (1992/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 49:07 minutes | 2,11 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Verve Reissues

“This Christmas jazz album has five selections in which organist Jimmy Smith is joined by a big band arranged by either Billy Byers or Al Cohn. The remaining selections feature Smith with a variety of trios; guitarist Wes Montgomery is heard on “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” one of two “bonus” cuts taken from other sessions that help to fill up this otherwise brief set. Smith is fine on “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and two versions of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and, even if nothing all that unusual occurs, the performances can serve as high-quality background music during the Christmas season.” (Scott Yanow, AMG)

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Jimmy Smith ‎- Root Down: Jimmy Smith Live! (1972/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Jimmy Smith ‎- Root Down: Jimmy Smith Live! (1972/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:49 minutes | 1,66 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Verve

„Root Down“ is a 1972 live jazz album by Jimmy Smith, released on the Verve label. It was recorded in Los Angeles on February 8, 1972. It includes the song ‘Root Down (And Get It)’ which was sampled by the Beastie Boys for their song ‘Root Down.’ Toward the end of his stint with Blue Note, Jimmy Smith’s albums became predictable. Moving to Verve in the mid-’60s helped matters considerably, since he started playing with new musicians (most notably nice duets with Wes Montgomery) and new settings, but he never really got loose, as he did on select early Blue Note sessions. Part of the problem was that Smith’s soul-jazz was organic and laid-back, relaxed and funky instead of down and dirty. For latter-day listeners, aware of his reputation as the godfather of modern soul-jazz organ (and certainly aware of the Beastie Boys’ name drop), that may mean that Smith’s actual albums all seem a bit tame and restrained, classy, not funky. That’s true of the bulk of Smith’s catalog, with the notable exception of Root Down. Not coincidentally, the title track is the song the Beasties sampled on their 1994 song of the same name, since this is one of the only sessions that Smith cut where his playing his raw, vital, and earthy. Recorded live in Los Angeles in February 1972, the album captures a performance Smith gave with a relatively young supporting band who were clearly influenced by modern funk and rock. They push Smith to playing low-down grooves that truly cook: ‘Sagg Shootin’ His Arrow’ and ‘Root Down (And Get It)’ are among the hottest tracks he ever cut, especially in the restored full-length versions showcased on the 2000 Verve By Request reissue. There are times where the pace slows, but the tension never sags, and the result is one of the finest, most exciting records in Smith’s catalog. If you think you know everything about Jimmy Smith, this is the album for you.

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Jimmy Smith – The Cat (1964/2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jimmy Smith – The Cat (1964/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 32:49 minutes | 771 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters,Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | © Blue Note Records

In his years with Verve, Jimmy Smith and his jaunty jazz organ made four appearances on Billboard’s hit-singles charts with his recordings of contemporary movie themes. This album, arranged by Lalo Schifrin, features selections from two film scores (including “The Cat,” for which composer Schifrin won a Grammy), some big-band style orchestrations, and plenty of blues. In 1964 this release defied the boundaries of idiom, appealing to a huge audience of jazz, r&b, and pop fans. Screaming film noir horns frame Smith’s jaw-dropping organ runs that practically sweat emotion. (more…)

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Jimmy Smith – The Sermon! (1959/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Jimmy Smith – The Sermon! (1959/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz  | Time – 00:40:08 minutes | 1,69 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Blue Note Records
Recorded: Manhattan Towers, NYC, August 25, 1957 & February 25, 1958

The Sermon is one of Jimmy Smith’s classics which revolutionized the organ and popularized the instrument in a jazz context. Smith turns the organ into almost an ensemble itself. He plays walking bass lines and chordal accompaniment with his left hand, solos with his right hand. Smith fuses R&B, blues and gospel influences with bebop references and devices into a jubilant, attractive sound that many others immediately absorbed before following in his footsteps. These sessions, recorded in 1957 and 1958 with two different all-star bands, include trumpeter Lee Morgan, alto saxophonists George Coleman and Lou Donaldson, guitarists Kenny Burrell and Eddie McFadden and drummer Art Blakey. (more…)

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Jimmy Smith – The Cat (1964) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2014] {PS3 ISO + FLAC + DSF}

Jimmy Smith – The Cat (1964) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 32:57 minutes | Scans included | 1,35 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 678 MB
or DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | 1.31 GB
Genre: Jazz

Compared to his earlier Blue Note recordings, organist Jimmy Smith’s outings for Verve are not as strong from a jazz standpoint. Certainly his renditions of the “Theme from Joy House,” “The Cat” and the “Main Title from The Carpetbaggers” are not all that significant. However, this disc has some tasteful arrangements for the big band by Lalo Schifrin and some good playing by the great organist on a variety of other blues-oriented material. Also the combination of organ with a big band is sometimes quite appealing, making this album worth picking up despite its commercial tracks. (more…)

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Jimmy Smith – The Complete Verve Singles (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jimmy Smith – The Complete Verve Singles (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:36:45 minutes | 2,97 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Verve Music

Jimmy Smith wasn’t the first organ player in jazz, but no one had a greater influence with the instrument than he did; Smith coaxed a rich, grooving tone from the Hammond B-3, and his sound and style made him a top instrumentalist in the 1950s and ’60s, while a number of rock and R&B keyboardists would learn valuable lessons from Smith’s example.

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