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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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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swinging Organ Grooves, 6 Dec 2007
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S J Buck (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Albumn Of Pure Class Jazz, 26 Feb 2005
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Since Jimmy Smith died in February 2005. I thought it would be respectful to give something back for the great albumn he has created. He is a great Jazz electric Organ player(you dont get many of those knockin around do you)He starts of the tune with a very rhythmical riff that sounds almost country western you just want to start dancing to it. Then comes in the tune with the great Stanley Turrentine. The picture on the front is amazingly cool and just says so much about the albumn, modest calm new and funky. If you have got a few minutes of spare time buy the album and listen to back at the chicken shack it will put a smile on your face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hammond Organ was made for Jimmy Smith, 4 Nov 2012
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This must be one of the best Jazz organ based albums made, absolutly brilliant stuff. There is not a dud song on this classic 1960 recording. Considering the early development of stereo, this sure sounds great in stereo. The 1st song Back at The Chicken Shack has a riff that has been copied over the past 50 years.
One man in particular that obviously heard this album is Jimi Hendrix. His song Rainy day dream Away takes Jimmy Smith and creates a tribute to him with Mike Finnigan and a horn player to recreate the Jimmy Smith sound.
The small but excellent band make this a Jazz album that should be in your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent album that has stood the test of time. Just perfect., 20 Jun 2014
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This album was recorded in April 1960 (the same day as "Midnight Special") and is, in my opinion, the very best of the Jimmy Smith "funky jazz blues" albums. The combination of Jimmy Smith's Hammond organ, Stanley Turrentine's tenor sax, Kenny Burrell's guitar driven along by Donald Bailey's drums is a perfect combination.

The original LP had just four tracks, but a fifth has been added to the CD. The choice of these five tunes is exemplary. The title track is just a magnificent funky blues theme. This is followed by a wonderful interpretation of the old tune "When I Grow Too Old To Dream" led by Turrentine, who plays superbly throughout the album. Then its back to funk before ending with "On The Sunny Side Of The Street".

Considering that this album and "Midnight Special" were laid down during the same recording session shows that these tracks must have been, most probably, one- take recordings. The quality of this music is testament to the skill of these musicians.

Absolutely fantastic album that I have enjoyed for fifty years.
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