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Jimmy Smith
Biography and CD Dot Com Blues. -
Sheet music by Jimmy Smith.
 
Biography
 
Jimmy Smith was born as James Oscar Smith in Norristown, Pennsylvania, in 1928. both his parents played piano. At 9, he took the first prize on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour radio show, playing boogie woogie piano. At 12, he was performing with his father in the Philadelphia area in a hot song and dance act. After some time spent in the Navy, Jimmy Smith used the GI Bill to study bass at the Hamilton School, then piano and theory at the Orenstein School of Music. While moonlighting as a member of Don Gardener's Sonotones, Jimmy Smith began playing the organ, on which he became a self-taught master. In 1956, he made his New York debut at Cafe Bohemia, followed by gigs at Birdland and a memorable appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957. Jimmy Smith made his recording debut playing with Kenny Burrell on a Blue Note date that led to his first album as a bandleader: A New Sound...A New Star...Jimmy Smith At The Organ Volume 1. It was followed by albums including The Sermon and Back At The Chicken Shack. In the mid 1960s, Jimmy Smith signed to Verve, recording Walk On The Wild Side, Respect and, together with Wes Montgomery, The Dynamic Duo. In the 1970s, he broke with Verve, but returned to the label in 1994.
 
Dot Com Blues
 
Dot Com Blues is Jimmy Smith's first recording in over five years. The Hammond B3 organ master performs with the help of notable special guests. Dot Com Blues ranges from the Duke Ellington ballad Mood Indigo to intimate quartet numbers, fat horn section pieces and five stellar vocal numbers. Etta James sings Willie Dixon's classic I Just Wanna Make Love to You, Dr. John sings and plays piano on his own Only In It for the Money and Keb Mo shines with his vocals in the blues ballad Over and Over. The highlight of the album is Strut by and with Taj Mahal. His guitar playing and above all his vocal contribution is excellent. Mr. Johnson is a great instrumental featuring Herman Riley and Joe Sublette on tenor saxophone. The last tune, Tuition Blues, with its Church music feeling is notable too. Three O'Clock Blues features B. B. King, his vocals and the driving rhythm make at a worthy contribution. Among the weaker compositions is the title song, the instrumental Dot Com Blues. Overall, a nice album with one outstanding performance, Strut with Taj Mahal.
 

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