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Back At The Chicken Shack [Extra tracks]

Jimmy Smith Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Mar 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000005H4M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Back At The Chicken Shack - Stanley Turrentine
2. When I Grow Too Old To Dream - Alfred Lion
3. Minor Chant - Alfred Lion
4. Messy Bessie - Kenny Burrell
5. On The Sunny Side Of The Street - Stanley Turrentine

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Even though Jimmy Smith used both hands and even his feet when playing his mighty Hammond B3 organ, he single-handedly put the instrument on the Jazz-map. Born on December 8th 1925 (or 1928, as he later claimed) in Norristown, Pennsylvania, and christened James Oscar Smith, he took what little influence there was to get on the organ from Fats Waller or Wild Bill Davis and transformed the unwieldy "monster" into a swinging attraction. With a solid background in boogie-woogie piano, which even won him a radio-contest at the age of nine, and a sophisticated music education courtesy of the Royal Hamilton College of Music and the Leo Ornstein School of Music in Philadelphia, Jimmy purchased his first Hammond-organ in 1953 and rented a warehouse to practice in. A year or so later, he emerged onto the scene as "The Incredible": a new musical phenomenon, which everyone wanted to hear and see. When Alfred Lion of Blue Note records witnessed Smith at a club in Philadelphia in 1956, the legendary producer immediately signed him – a business relationship that lasted for a mere eight years, but produced some forty albums under Smith's name. "The Champ", as Jimmy Smith was also known, mostly recorded in trio-formats with a guitarist and a drummer, but also liked to play with other "funky" Jazz-stars of the time such as Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, Grant Green, or Stanley Turrentine. His worldwide popularity and the incredible album-sales allowed him to open up his own club in California in the Seventies, where he regularly appeared in his preferred trio-setting. After a triumphant "comeback" onto the recording-scene in the Eighties, Jimmy Smith was often asked to record with other stars like Quincy Jones and Frank Sinatra, B.B. King, Etta James, and even Michael Jackson. His influence on other organ-players is immeasurable – there was and is not a single organ-player who did not learn a thing or two from Jimmy Smith. Having been named a "NEA Jazz Master", the highest honor available to a Jazz-musician in the US, he died on February 8th 2005. 4 CD SET + BOOKLET Back At The Chicken Shack JIMMY SMITH Distributed by Music Alliance Membran GmbH

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funky Class 12 Feb 2012
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I reckon it's the chemistry between organ, sax and guitar which makes this album such an enjoyable, happily funky, melodic treat. From the title track onwards Smith and Turrentine alternate solos, following and embellishing one another's melody lines. Sometimes the organ is delivering a rich bounce; at others rumbling deeply like distant thunder. Turrentine is the ideal partner, with a richly mellow reed sound, whether he's producing perky notes, or lazy honeyed melodic layers.

Burrell on guitar is enmeshed in the tight sound, driven along sympathetically by Bailey's drums. The shortest track here is just short of six minutes, while the longest is more than double that. As a result, there is time for the soloists to 'pass the baton round' and stretch out, and the music is given plenty of room to breath. Richly lovely stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicken Shack memories 17 Dec 2012
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Another blast from my childhood as the memories flood back driven by the incredible Jimmy Smith and his Hammond organ.

Would recommend to anyone with a love of retro jazz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swinging Organ Grooves 6 Dec 2007
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Heres the fabulous Jimmy Smith playing Hammond B3 and driving a top notch band along. The title track is drenched in the blues, and after the theme statement Smith plays a superb two and half minutes solo. Then of course there is Kenny Burrell on Guitar and Stanley Turrentine on Tenor Sax who are no slouches themselves.

On "When I grow too old to dream" Jimmy Smith lets Turrentine take the first solo and after a subtle start to his Sax solo he builds up quite a head of steam. After a short Smith solo Turrentine is back for more with another solo. Its that sort of album. I'm guessing that they were having great fun in the studio when they recorded this. The rest of the album maintains the same high standard of the first two tracks.

The album was recorded in 1960 and of course has another of those classic Blue Note album covers. The original sleeve notes by Ira Gitler give plenty of background information on the album including how the album cover came about. A great recording.
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