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.