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Monday, July 21, 2014

Monster - Jimmy Smith

Gloomy Sunday
The Incredible Jimmy Smith
Arrange And Conducted By Oliver Helson
Recorded January 19 & 20, 1965
Verve V-8618

Here's a fine Verve album featuring heavy organ jams by Jimmy Smith with arrangements influenced by the ever creative in-house producer, Creed Taylor.

The terrific blend of colorful cover art (Acy Lehman), funky song titles, the organ tones of Jimmy Smith and the strong sessions band make for a great package.

From the inside notes: As a result, Creed Taylor, Verve A&R Producer, commissioned Oliver Nelson to write the charts for some of New York's finest reed man. The arrangements surround the leading man with tonal clusters that add a new dimension to orchestration. These saxes have bite. To get the over-all effect you need the outstanding ability of a master arranger-conductor combined with the best musicians in the business.

Reeds & woodwinds: Robert Ashton, Danny Banks, Ray Beckenstein, George Dorsey, Harvey Estrin, Budd Johnson, Jerome Richardson and Phil Woods
Guitar: Kenny Burrell
Bass: Richard Davis
Drums: Grady Tate
Percussion: Warren T. Smith Jr.

Goldfinger (Part I)
Goldfinger (Part II)
St. James Infirmary
Gloomy Sunday
Theme From Bewitched
Theme From The Munsters
Theme From The Man With The Golden Arm

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