2017/06/10

Jimmy Smith - Six Views Of The Blues (1958)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:17 | Size: 105.16 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. St. Louis Blues (8:42)
2. The Swingin' Shepherd Blues (3:59)
3. Blues No. 1 (6:30)
4. Blues No. 3 (7:13)
5. Blues No. 4 (10:52)
6. Blues No. 2 (9:06)
 
Label - Blue Note

Personnel:
Jimmy Smith - Hammond B-3 organ
Cecil Payne - baritone saxophone
Kenny Burrell - guitar
Art Blakey - drums (1-3)
Donald Bailey - drums (4-6)
 
This previously unreleased album was recorded in 1958 at one of 31 sessions that the phenomenal and prolific organist Jimmy Smith participated in during his tenure at Blue Note. Credited with transforming the Hammond B-3 from a novelty item into one of the most popular instruments in jazz, Smith helped create the organ-trio sound and establish the soul-funk style so popular on jukeboxes across the U.S. in the late 1950s. An all-blues program with Cecil Payne wielding a rather cumbersome baritone saxophone, Six Views is hardly revolutionary--perhaps explaining why the album was originally kept in the can. Thankfully, today's criteria for what is release worthy differ from the standards in the late 1950s, allowing us to hear Smith with guitarist Kenny Burrell and drummer Art Blakey in what has become a rare recording. The grooves here are sublime with a stellar "St. Louis Blues" and Payne proves to be an unusually nimble soloist on the big baritone.
 

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