Here’s another example – as has been rather common so far in this challenge – of sending me back to an artist I already know and love but with fresh ears thanks to the recommendation of an album I didn’t already know. One of the great things I love about jazz is these all-star bands, and you listen to something by Miles Davis say, and come away wanting to check out the piano player’s work or one of the saxophonists – you find out that the sax player is Cannonball Adderley or John Coltrane; has a discography that’s fearsome in and of itself. And I guess that’s how I found out about Jimmy Smith – a guy on someone else’s record at first. And then you go to his records and find other legendary names (Stanley Turrentine, Kenny Burrell, Art Blakey, etc). This is my favourite Jimmy Smith album – for now anyway.
There are a few I dig.
But I didn’t know this Chicken Shack one. A bunch of long, loping lovely tunes that usher in a soul-jazz/funk sound that is still straight jazz as such but also is tipping the hat in an ever so slightly different direction too…
Great sound, that organ – pure church. Great feel. Lovely.
I really am a fan – so nice to have a new (old) album to work to. This one is listed as being from 1960 since that’s when it was recorded, though I believe it didn’t actually see the light of day until 1963. What the fuck does that matter – particularly when I’m discovering it in 2017. The good music is there for you forever. It will wait.