22 August 2006
JIMMY SMITH - WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
Carrying on with the organ grinder theme here's a walloping Hammond B3 meets big band monster from Jimmy Smith with arrangements from Oliver Nelson and Claus Ogerman. Produced by Creed Taylor and engineered by Rudy Van Gelder in 1964 (yea don't these names come up a lot with great jazz lps?)this is one of the best lps Jimmy Smith ever made and features-of course-the dance floor wipe out of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf ".Championed by DJs far and wide for more than two decades if this doesn't get you moving you must be dead (or more likely a watcher of the X Factor!!)
The rest of the lp is excellent with a great version of "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue"and the modal waltz of "Wives and Lovers" along with "Bluesette" and "Women of the World".Barnstorming stuff-get some Jimmy Smith into your life!
Ripped from original vinyl as this album NEVER made it to cd or a vinyl re-issue...unbelievable!
Sorry-I stand corrected-didn't do my homework properly!This made a re-issue on cd in Japan -and it's still available at CDUniverse for $37.25.Thanks to Pekis for bringing this to my attention-he runs a top blog too !