CAT # MCD-47072-25
1. Black Coffee 4:20 2. Monterey Theme 3:07 3. I Remember Clifford 4:18 4. Far Away Places 7:17 5. Rufus Toofus 7:22 6. Body And Soul 6:21 7. He's A Real Gone Guy 5:34 8. Blues For De-De 4:59 9. Mr. Wonderful 5:24 10. Cyra 4:24 11. Lambert's Lodge 3:46 12. Love Letters 5:43 13. Blues On Sunday 4:50 14. Departure 5:57 15. Opus 2 4:30
He never attained the fame and fortune of that other organist named Smith (Jimmy, of course), but Johnny "Hammond" Smith (1933-1997) recorded extensively and never played second fiddle to anyone. The two Riverside LPs collected here--Black Coffee and Mr. Wonderful-- rank at or near the top of his output. Half the set was cut live in 1962 at a New Haven club, presumably the kind of inner-city bar where organ groups ruled, on the bandstand and the jukebox, between 1956 and 1965.
Smith's fellow soloists are New York studio ace Seldon Powell and one-time Jimmy Smith guitarist Eddie McFadden, whose dirty tone is one of jazz's vanishing pleasures. The remaining tracks, from a 1963 studio session, feature a young Houston Person playing in the robust, melodic style on tenor saxophone that has marked his lengthy career.
A flavorful blend of standards and blues, Black Coffee is Johnny "Hammond" Smith at his most bracing.
with Eddie McFadden, Houston Person, Seldon Powell, Leo Stevens, Sonny Williams
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