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Some have said that Bucket! is the sound of organist Jimmy Smith punching the clock, checking in for a routine shift at work. But the man who added the Hammond organ to the postbop jazz vocabulary punches the clock in a wa... more »
Some have said that Bucket! is the sound of organist Jimmy Smith punching the clock, checking in for a routine shift at work. But the man who added the Hammond organ to the postbop jazz vocabulary punches the clock in a way that few on their best days can match. In a classic organ jazz trio formation with drummer Don Bailey and guitarist Quentin Warren, this 1963 session reveals some interesting choices from the leader. Among the nine tunes, two of which are added for this reissue, Smith tackles Ellington's "Just Squeeze Me," W.C. Handy's "Careless Love," Johnny Mercer's "Come Rain Or Shine," and even the traditional "John Brown's Body" with his singular style and sound. As on his other work, Smith stretches notes and phrases any way he wants with a mastery comparable to Aretha Franklin's. Both can take a simple song heard in church and find deeper meaning hidden between the notes, making the tunes very much their own. Even if Smith is punching the clock, this is still time well spent. --Tad Hendrickson
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Last Blue Note Jimmy Smith trio session
Christian Justin Shearn | Vestal, NY USA | 06/29/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Jimmy Smith recorded "Bucket" his last trio effort, a week before his Blue Note contract ended with the classic "Prayer Meetin'". The trio consists of regulars Quentin Warren on guitar, and Donald Bailey on drums, and the programs features standards ballads, and blues. This is a fine session, but the one critique I have with it is that Jimmy's improvisations on some tracks are so closely tied in with the melodies that the listener unfamiliar with his work can assume that he is not improvising at all. For the Smith fan, the tunes give the listener the pleasure of hearing his distinctive touch on mellower material. This is particularly evident in "Come Rain or Come Shine" where Jimmy gently states the melody with respect for the lyrics, and on the lightly swinging "Just Squeeze Me" where Quentin Warren also shares a piece of the pie. There definitely is the Jimmy Smith fire present also, as he shows on the title track, the waltz time "3 for 4", and "John Brown's Body". "Bucket" is a long overdue and welcome addition with a late night feel, and in excellent remastered 24 bit sound."
Disappointing; routine, workmanlike session
happydogpotatohead | New Orleans, LA USA | 01/04/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Not one of the best ones. The production on this is very strange, with odd dropouts in volume throughout. This makes listening difficult, especially since nothing on here is really loud. Or fast. The tempo is medium and the volume is low, and quite honestly, it tends to drag.The song choice is disappointing, too: I mean, really, "Careless Love" and "John Brown's Body"? There was absolutely no reason to record these mummified old folksongs, which are both best left forgotten - in these versions or any other.There seems to be a big lack of energy here on Jimmy's part. Quentin Warren and Donald Bailey are on top of things, but Jimmy seems to be thinking of his new Verve contract and the big bands he'd be working with over there. But whatever he was thinking about, it sure wasn't this session.Overall, I'd say don't get it. There's some decent music on here but it's very disappointing by comparison to his other albums. If you're looking for an intro to Jimmy Smith, "The Sermon" is it. I'd recommend this only to completists."