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Softly As a Summer Breeze
Jimmy Smith
Softly As a Summer Breeze
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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24 Bit Digitally Remastrered Japanese Limited Edition in an LP-STYLE Slipcase.


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All Artists: Jimmy Smith
Title: Softly As a Summer Breeze
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1965
Re-Release Date: 2/21/2006
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Soul-Jazz & Boogaloo, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 094633777927


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24 Bit Digitally Remastrered Japanese Limited Edition in an LP-STYLE Slipcase.

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Dr.D.Treharne | Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom | 03/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"No-one listening to this album could possible guess, without prior knowledge, that on the day previous to the recording of tracks 1-6, Smith had recorded two albums, "Houseparty" and "The Sermon", because the undiminished energy of the group is astounding.Tracks 1 to 4 feature Kenny Burrell but the exchanges between him and Smith could equally have had them billed as Burrell tracks.If I had to choose only one of the four tracks to illustrate the quality of the proceedings it would have to the version of Thelonius Monk's "Hackensack", but they're all object lessons in building slow tracks.The four tracks are also the only recordings that Smith made with Philly Joe Jones. Tracks 5 & 6 have Eddie McFadden taking the guitar role, and Donald Bailey on drums. The version of Horace Silver's "Home Cookin'" is excellent. Blue Note didn't release any of these tracks for 6 years, possibly because they thought the results too mellow. Tracks 7 to 10 have four tracks recorded later in the same year,(October 1958) and feature vocals by Bill Henderson.They're an unusual example of Smith being an accompanyist and the tracks, both issued as Bluenote 45's, are pleasant without being exceptional. However, laying aside any talk that the re-release shortchanges customers, it's worth pointing out that all 6 small group tracks are exceptional and deserve repeated listening, and that the quality of the remastering is excellent. Go buy!"
It's smooth and powerful with great ballad interpretations
macfawlty | potomac, MD USA | 01/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have the LP and will have to get the CD as well since there are 4 more songs on it. Don't shy away from these ballad albums, they are great and really show alot of depth and incredible mastery of the B3. I still have a ways to go to complement my 40 or so Jimmy LP's with the convenience of CD's."