I am not a great fan of the organ in jazz as a front line instument. The few recordings of Fats Waller and Count Basie that I don't really like are when they are playing the organ rather than piano but none the less in recent years I have found myself won over by a series of jazz organists like Shirley Scott,Brother Jack McDuff (who is in my top 5 of imfamy for misogynistic album covers forSOPHISTICATED FUNK, Richard "Groove" Holmes and of course Jimmy Smith. One thing that is really striking about Smith, althought not unusual for jazz musicians of that era, is just how prolific his recorded output was. I have loads of his albums but still do not have about 18 of his Blue Note albums alone, there are over 20 Verve albums I don't have.
This 2LPs on 1 CD package is a demonstration of that output. They come fronm the same session, recorded in 1960 but not released until 1966 - Open House and 1968 - Plain Talk. One of the things that really made Jimmy Smith's albums stand ot were some of the excellent horn players he had at his sessions. Here he has Blue Mitchell - trumpet, Jackie McLean - alto saxophone, Ike Quebec - tenor saxophone making appearances on assorted tracks.
This CD contains some great music; it is well up to his high standards. It might not convince those who don't like jazz organ but if that is your bag then this is well worth getting, it is also 2 albums on my hit list in one go. In my obsessive way, however, I do need to separate the original albums out when I load them onto iTunes; I am always grateful when individual cover art is available on-line.