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Angel Eyes: Ballads & Slow Jams
Genres: Jazz, Pop
The '90s lounge revival and the hubbub surrounding acid jazz would seem ideal reasons for veteran jazz organist Jimmy Smith to pull rank and power up his Hammond B-3 for the sort of greasy grooves and ur-funk riffs that r... more »
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The '90s lounge revival and the hubbub surrounding acid jazz would seem ideal reasons for veteran jazz organist Jimmy Smith to pull rank and power up his Hammond B-3 for the sort of greasy grooves and ur-funk riffs that remain the blueprint. Instead, Smith pulls a smarter move: subtitled "Ballads & Slow Jams," the set finds him teaming with younger labelmates Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Mark Whitfield, and Christian McBride and downshifting into a program of ballads culled from jazz and classic- pop perennials. From Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments" and Neal Hefti's "Lil' Darlin'" to slices of Mancini, Gershwin, and Matt Dennis's title song (forever associated with Sinatra), a slow jam by any other name translates to make-out music--in this case, of the most elegant, highly satisfying order. --Sam Sutherland
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One of five jazz recordings to take to another planet
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a a fan of Jimmy Smith since 1966, I was impressed how Smith had advanced his art. Smith has always been famous for his speed, funk and melody, but "Angel Eyes" greatly magnifies these traits beneith the heavy cloak of soporific balladry - and these ballards are absolutely beautiful. If you are new to the B3 organ or a long time fan, there is no better recording to highlight the power of this instrument and its Godfather. Smith distills a half century of life and playing into one of the finest jazz recordings of all time. This recording just gets better and better after every listening. If you could pick only five jazz recordings to take to another planet (assuming you couldn't return home for more), this would easily make the cut. (The guitar work is very tasty as well.)"
Hank Schwab | Indianapolis, IN USA | 07/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Who would have suspected that Jimmy Smith would put out something this great this late in his career? This is music so cool and laid-back that it takes a few listens to realize how deep and complex it is. This is fine music by a mature artist."