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 !

8 comments:

Looza said...

Amazing, I honestly waited about 5 years for this. Never could get my hand on a copy and all I heard so far is the title-song.

xmnr0x23 said...

Oh yeah! Can we expect more Jimmy Smith? And I'm downloader #23...

A Taste of Vinyl said...

Fantastic! I just this afternoon saw this in the bin for $1.00 at a thrift store. It was thrashed. Looked like someone used it to polish concrete. And here it is! Coincidence? I think not.

bacoso said...

yes-more jimmy smith to come in the future.how about some LONNIE smith next ?

Pekis said...

It has been reissued in CD ...

from www.dougpayne.com :
Verve 823 309-2 [CD]
55 (Jap) FNCJ-5604 [CD].

Mr. Wiggles said...

Thanks!

Ellen Collison said...

Hi bacoso,

Many thanks for the link!

pink noize said...

Hey, this is a great one, thanks! But you must be kidding with Pekis. Bad-quality rips, lowest-resolution covers. Not a great job at all. Pekis' posts could be brilliant though, which makes it worse.