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Dot Com Blues
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
Organist Jimmy Smith's Blue Note and Verve back-catalog is the stuff of legend, and the man plays as well on Dot Com Blues as he ever has. But this session is more than another Jimmy Smith album. At times you wonder where ... more »
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Organist Jimmy Smith's Blue Note and Verve back-catalog is the stuff of legend, and the man plays as well on Dot Com Blues as he ever has. But this session is more than another Jimmy Smith album. At times you wonder where Jimmy is among all the accompanying star power, but if you listen, he is still there, rubbing the honeyed keys as B.B. King, Etta James, Dr. John, and Keb Mo wail and work it. Smith shows he is still the master of the blueswalk in "8 Counts for Rita," "C.C. Rider," "Tuition Blues," and the title track, as well as on a sumptuously slow version of "Mood Indigo." Here, Smith solos with gritty abandon in a small-group setting with such notables as guitarist Russell Malone, drummer Harvey Mason, and percussionist Lenny Castro. Smith is more often felt than heard elsewhere, though, and maybe that is understandable when Etta James lets rips on a wobbly version of "I Just Wanna Make Love to You." The opening "Only in It for the Money" is better balanced, perhaps because Dr. John understands the value of less-is-more and, as a fellow keyboardist, doesn't want to step on Smith's celebrated toes. Finally, B.B. King helps make "Three O'Clock Blues" a rocking blowout that transports the listener back to some rock & blues tent meeting circa 1956. Dot Com Blues proves that Jimmy Smith can still raise the rug and do what he does best, star power in attendance or not. --Ken Micallef
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Michael L. (bluesman) from OXFORD, MA
Reviewed on 9/28/2008...
far and away his best!
HE'S BACK-THE ORIGINAL JIMMY SMITH WE ALL KNEW!
JERRY A LONN | SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK United States | 01/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just bought this CD. I haven't purchased one of his CDs in a long time since he went to playing progressive jazz way out in left field. This CD is so great I can't turn the stereo up loud enough to get inside it. He's playing the way we knew him to play when he was on top. He gets down & dirty & funky. He's got a great horn section & some super vocalists & guests musicians. I love every track on it. If you're an R&B/Jazz organ fan, you've got to get this CD for your collection. You'll love it! I guarantee it!"
The Champ Returns With Dot Com Blues
J. E FELL | Carterville, Illinois United States | 03/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The master of the Hammond B-3 returns with a new compact disc. One part jazz + one part blues + one part groove = an excellent disc. This is Jimmy Smith's first new disc in a while and I was eagerly anticipating it. I am a big fan and have most of his discs that are in print. The set is varied, some of the cuts are instrumental and some feature vocals. There are also numbers performed with a small combo as well as with a horn section. This session also features a number of guests including; Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Etta James, B.B. King and Keb Mo' on vocals. His small combo features underrated guitarist Russell Malone. The music is mixture of stone blues, jazzier numbers and some greasy funk. My favorites include the title track as well as "8 Counts For Rita" and "Mr. Johnson which features Dr. John on piano. My favorite vocal number is "Three O' Clock Blues" with B.B. King on guitar and vocals. This cut makes me wish they had cut an entire cd together like King's recent collaboration with Eric Clapton. B.B.'s guitar is jazzy enough to mesh well with Smith's organ playing. The other guest vocalists also are impressive and it sounds as if fun was had by all. If you prefer your blues a little more jazzy, you will certainly enjoy this disc."