The Soulful Blues

Johnny "Hammond" Smith

The Soulful Blues MP3
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    1. The Sin-In 4:20
    2. Stand By Me 2:47
    3. Knock On Wood 2:47
    4. The Soulful Blues 7:25
    5. Ebb Tide 2:46
    6. Summertime 3:36
    7. Gettin' Up 6:10
    8. The "In" Crowd 3:15
    9. If I Were A Bell 8:39
    10. Song For My Father 7:19
    11. Speak Low 6:43
    12. Unchained Melody 3:48
    13. Nasty 9:00
    14. Four Bowls Of Soup 7:08

Johnny “Hammond” Smith was one of the uncrowned kings of the B-3 organ. Like Jimmy Smith (no relation) and Brother Jack McDuff, Johnny Smith (1933-1997) began as a pianist, but made the switch to the electric instrument in the 1950s. The two LPs paired here were recorded towards the end of his 1959-1970 stay at Prestige Records. Like a number of fellow organists, Smith found himself increasingly drawn to Sixties soul hits that had crossed over to the pop charts--tuneful, rhythmic material like “Knock On Wood” and “The ‘In’ Crowd.” Both were covered convincingly on Ebb Tide, as were other pop favorites and some staple-diet funky blues. Here Smith led a sextet featuring, among others, tenor man Houston Person and Jimmy Smith’s former guitarist, Thornel Schwartz. Nasty is a top-notch straight-ahead date by a stellar quartet (with Person again aboard) whose guitarist, John Abercrombie, now a major post-modernist, cut his teeth with Smith.

with Virgil Jones, Houston Person, Thornel Schwartz, Jimmy Lewis, John Harris, John Abercrombie, Grady Tate

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