Sunday, October 19, 2008
Jimmy Smith LIve in Concert
This is a totally ripping set from Jimmy Smith's May 1965 trip to Paris that features Quentin Warren on guitar and Billy Hart on drums. Smith is on fire throughout, pulling the band to long ecstatic peaks in each of the album's four tracks. There's a pretty classic moment in "The Sermon" when Smith has kicked it up so high that Hart seems to lose him; I imagine Hart literally could no longer hear his own drums--I know the feeling and it's something that, in jazz anyway, really only a Hammond player can do (there's a great guy locally that always wants to play "Misty" like Groove Holmes and gets so fired up doing it that most of the band leaves me on stage to battle him myself!).
Tracks: The Sermon, Goldfinger, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, When Jimmy Comes Marching Home
Here's some video of the same lineup (I think it's Warren on guitar...) which is killing. Notice the classic moron Youtube comments: "Compared to Larry Young this sounds like a baseball game." Free speech has it's downsides...
Posted by Bill Carbone at 12:50 AM