Thursday, December 15, 2005

Jimmy Smith- Blue Bash

The party's over.

The quintessential organ man died at 76 this year. Pondering all the highballs and tobacco consumed while Jimmy Smith was in the house makes me woozy. That's Kenny Burrell on guitar, Vince Gambella on bass and Mel Lewis on drums from a 1963 session. This cheesy 1987 compilation was one of my first CD purchases. It's out of print now, and even though plenty of deluxe reissues of original albums are currently available at midline prices, dealers are asking $30.00 for this title. Go figure.

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