Funky Blues – 1971

Jimmy Smith

 

Organist Smith and James Moody are featured

Jimmy Smith was arguably the most important organist in jazz history.

In the mid-1950s he took what had formerly been thought of as a novelty instrument and, through his mastery of the blues, jazz standards, and ballads, made the organ into a popular and important musical force, influencing virtually every organist to come up since then.

On this funky blues performed at the 7th Newport Jazz In Europe Festival at the Doelen, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Smith leads an all-star band.

James Moody has a short tenor solo and also seen are tenor-saxophonist Illinois Jacquet, flugelhornists Art Farmer and Clark Terry, guitarist Kenny Burrell, and drummer Roy Haynes.

-Scott Yanow

 

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