RELEASE
September 26, 1995
LABEL
Verve
GENRES
Jazz, Soul Jazz, Hard Bop

Album Review

Smith recorded most of his most popular sides for Verve, and this double CD contains 25 tracks taken from his recordings for the label between 1962 and 1973, in both small-combo and big-band settings. There are a few Jimmy Smith compilations out there, and this isn't necessarily the best; anthologies that focus on his early and mid-'60s prime might be better values overall. It does have his most famous performances -- "Walk on the Wild Side," "Got My Mojo Working," and a couple of his great duets with guitarist Wes Montgomery. It's a decent enough pickup if you just want one or two Smith albums for your library, though not so definitive that it's worth getting if you already have some Smith compilations that cover the Verve era.
Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Walk on the Wild Sidehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/walk-on-the-wild-side/id124991?i=124936&uo=5
  2. Blues for Jhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/blues-for-j/id124991?i=124938&uo=5
  3. The Cathttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-cat/id124991?i=124942&uo=5
  4. Trouble in Mindhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/trouble-in-mind/id124991?i=124944&uo=5
  5. Funky Broadwayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funky-broadway/id124991?i=124946&uo=5
  6. Milestoneshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/milestones/id124991?i=124948&uo=5
  7. The Christmas Songhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-christmas-song/id124991?i=124951&uo=5
  8. Kenny's Soundhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/kennys-sound/id124991?i=124953&uo=5
  9. St. James Infirmaryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/st-james-infirmary/id124991?i=124955&uo=5
  10. Refractionshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/refractions/id124991?i=124957&uo=5
  11. The Champ [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-champ/id124991?i=124959&uo=5
  12. Hobo Flatshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/hobo-flats/id124991?i=124961&uo=5
  13. Sagg Shootin' His Arrowhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=124991
  14. Organ Grinder's Swinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/organ-grinders-swing/id124991?i=124965&uo=5
  15. Down by the Riversidehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=124991
  16. And I Love You Sohttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=124991
  17. The Bosshttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=124991
  18. Got My Mojo Workinghttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=124991
  19. Groove Dropshttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=124991
  20. Delon's Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=124991
  21. O.G.D. (aka Road Song) [Alternate Take]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=124991
  22. Portuguese Soul, 2nd Movement: Ritualhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=124991
  23. Monlope (aka Moonlore)http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=124991
  24. When Johnny Comes Marching Homehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=124991
  25. Blues and the Abstract Truthhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=124991
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