Jimmy Smith
Cat =180g =

  1 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm      + bonus download

( 1964 ) - 2013 EU repressing on 180g vinyl LP=1964 combined with Lalo Schifrin, Jimmy brings the greasy, funky organ, Lalo throws in the kitschy 60's movie theme type production to great results

Label:  Universal 
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Release date: 31-10-2013(Originally released in 1964)

2013 EU repressing on 180g LP. Mastered at Abbey Road Studios for Back To Black's First Jazz Range of Legendary Verve Titles.=combined with Lalo Schifrin, Jimmy brings the greasy, funky organ, Lalo throws in the kitschy 60's movie theme type production to great results

A1. Theme from "The Joy House"
A2. The Cat
A3. Basin Street Blues
A4. Main Title from "The Carpetbaggers"
B1. Chicago Serenade
B2. St. Louis Blues
B3. Delon's Blues
B4. Blues In the Night 

The Incredible Jimmy Smith, that's what it says so confidently on the cover with the black cat! The law demands that what is promised must be delivered, and a record collector is no less demanding. The fact that Smith moved the Hammond organ from the dance floor to the jazz scene and upgraded it to become a full-fledged improvisation instrument is to be found in every good dictionary of music. But what resulted must be heard to be believed. No problem for our cat, crouched low and ready to pounce. She slinks along the Rhythm and Blues path, purrs through the night, steps nimbly to the St. Louis Blues, and gives the somewhat aged Basin Street a gentle blow with her paw. In the background is her powerful clan: Kenny Burrell with his firm grip, Don Butterfield with his strong tone, the thundering Grady Tate, and last but not least Lalo Schifrin, who watches over the haunt with a glinting eyes. And then of course there is the Verve gang who made a recording that is as black as the cat herself. Incredible!

If you know someone who says they don’t get Jimmy Smith, just play them this album. It is consummate Hammond B3 playing with the added vibrancy of Lalo Schifrin’s arrangements for big band. “Basin Street Blues” eschews 1960s’ sophistication, while the appropriately super cool “Delon’s Blues” is dedicated to the French actor Alain Delon, who Smith had befriended while on tour in Europe in 1963. Reviewers upon both the album’s release and since have been somewhat patronizing in accusing Smith of being ‘too commercial’, as though this is some kind of crime and if he were a real jazz artist he would avoid such a thing.This is a joyful, fabulous album that probably got more people listening to jazz than many of its contemporaries.

Jimmy Smith, organ
Lalo Schrifin, conductor
Errie Royal, trumpet
Bernie Glow, trumpet
Jimmy Maxwell, trumpet
Marky Markowitz, trumpet
Snooky Young, trumpet
Thad Jones, trumpet
Ray Alonge, french horn
Earl Chapin, french horn
Bill Correa, french horn
Billy Byers, trombone
Jimmy Cleveland, trombone
Urbie Green, trombone
Tony Studd, bass trombone
Don Butterfield, tuba
Kenny Burrell, guitar
George Duvivier, bass
Phil Kraus, percussion
Grady Tate, drums

Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Bonus(cd,single,download): bonus download
Label: Universal
Originally released: 1964
This release: 2013
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