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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Reis) (Dig)
Jimmy Smith
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Reis) (Dig)
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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All Artists: Jimmy Smith
Title: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Reis) (Dig)
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Verve
Original Release Date: 1/1/1964
Re-Release Date: 9/18/2007
Album Type: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Soul-Jazz & Boogaloo, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 602517396937

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Outstanding reissue of a keyboard classic
J. B Brent | Oak Ridge, Tennessee USA | 09/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Originally recorded in January 1964, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF was a Creed Taylor production released on vinyl by Verve Records. The arrangements for most tunes start with a smooth orchestral opening and Smith playing melody. The orchestra crescendos and departs to make room for Jimmy Smith's incredible improvisations. This is best illustrated on "Slaughter" and the first version of the title cut.
More mainstream but nonetheless enjoyable are Smith's comparatively low-key versions of Bacharach's "Wives and Lovers" and Toots' standard "Bluesette."
It's been a long but worthwhile wait for this essential piece of Jimmy's prolific catalog. The disc's packaging is faithful to the original gatefold record cover.
JB"
This Great CD is Finally Released!!! Awesome!
Eddie Davenport | Happy Camp, CA | 12/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is so great I had a special recording studio convert my old vinyl copy to a CD so I could have it in my car! This is one of Jimmy's BEST. "Slaughter on 10th Avenue" just builds to a mighty crescendo that just leave you exhausted, exhilarated and smiling. It is so incredible and then the second track, "Virginia Woolf" takes off and you're off on another incredible adventure in Jimmy's undeniable perfection of the Hammond B-3. Others have followed, others have tried, but Jimmy has always brought innovation to the Hammond that has never been equalled. Jimmy has many, many albums, but this one, "The Cat" and also the great "Jimmy and Wes" bring new heights to jazz for all the ages. It's great -- you need this if you have any Jimmy Smith CDs in your collection, and you need the three mentioned here for a GOOD collection!"
I'm not afraid of Virginia Woolf
J. S. Shepard | 03/14/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Best album I have ever heard. Good mix of styles of music. Best jazz organist of all time. I have listened to this album on records and CD for 40 years and am taken to near Nirvana each time."