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Damn good funky jazz. Pop's Lounge Cats give it a 10....
yygsgsdrassil | Crossroads America | 06/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...I know I am never able to beat my Dad or his buddies in any type of debate, because they'd rather change the subject (when I've got a valid point which whiffs of the truth) than lose to me. So whenever I see this fake arthritis attack coming, I end up beating them to their punchline and agree to whatever subject they come up with.Sometimes that worked, sometimes it made things worse. I also used to be highly resentful that these old birds would play only a certain type of jazz whenever they hung out and talk. I was never a big Hammond organ fan, nor did I liked the Wes Montgomery chorded melodies, nor was I the greatest fan of 60s/70s instrumentals which sound like they came straight from the sound track of 'Starsky and Hutch'. Yeh, that's right. I think I'm pretty progressive thinking.Yeh, and overall, I know more about music than they do.But, one night Pops and his buddies had it goin' on at the hang out. They, of course, were their usual obstinate and loud selves. Denying, lying and signifying. But, you know what? I had a blast with these ol' birds. The music playing seemed to set the tone, and I never will forget this gathering. The music? Jimmy Smith's "Damn". I love it, especially the remakes of "Watermelon Man" and "Poppa's Got a Brand New Bag".Pop's buddies (Lounge Cats) give it a 10. I'm afraid this one time I'd have to agree with them.They got me again."
"This cat is the eighth wonder of the world" Miles Davis
Jazzcat | Genoa, Italy Italy | 07/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Miles used to think this about Jimmy Smith, and he was right. Jimmy really was a marvel of the jazz world! He was an incredible bopper but he also invented the organ jazz thing. He has been incredibly influential. And rightly so because in a sense he invented a way of playing jazz, organ soul jazz. But this one is probably the best late album by Jimmy Smith (and it is straight ahead jazz, bebop I might say). He played exceptional music 'til his last days, nevertheless this album is one of the best of his late years (1995 .... you can buy Off the top too, the album he recorded with Benson, Turrentine, Carter, Tate in his late years, the eighties maybe, it's fabolous!!!!). He is accompanied here by a cast of great, really great "new" cats (Nicholas Payton, Roy Hardgrove, Mark Whitfield and more.. ) but don't forget, Jimmy is still the star. Even if it's not an historic recording from Smith (50's, 60's) it is of that quality. You can believe me. Jazz of the highest quality with an old LION still growling as he used to! It is an album of standards and Jazz originals. Among the best tune I point out the blues opener, "Papa's got a brand new bag" from James Brown songbook, played here as a thunderous Jazz anthem. I remember to have read that in the sixties when James Brown (which would like to play the organ and he played in a childish way in his concerts) heard Jimmy Smith playing, he literally shot his Hammond Organ!! I can't think what he could do if he had the opportunity to listen to this Smith's version of his "Bag"!!! Hi hi hi hi !!! =))))) Then I would say "Scrapple from the apple" a line from Charlie Parker's pen. Finally I would say that this album is very very well recorded, audiophile quality I'd say. My Avalon speakers really appreciate this one! BUYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY this one absolutly before it goes out of print. Believe me."
Damn is right. I say double Damn!
FunkyTown | Fort Worth, TX United States | 01/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was lucky enough to spot this in a bargain bin at Half Price Books for two bucks. I knew I was reaping the benefit of some clerk's skipping some funkology classes. He knew not what he was price-slashing. For, this is GOLD, my friends.
Jimmy is at the top of his game. It's just ridiculous. He and Mark Whitfield (guitar) dial it in with speed and accuracy but still maintain a high degree of funktitude and soul. It's full of smoking solos peppered with tight horn lines and even tighter syncopated backbeats. Very, very, very, groovy.
This was Jimmy's first recording with Arthur Taylor (one of the most respected and sought-after drummers in the '50's and '60's) and happened to be, unfortunately, Mr. Taylor's last recording at all. This album was dedicated to his memeory.
Pick this one up. I swear on a stack of James Brown records you won't be sorry."