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jueves, 12 de marzo de 2015

Johnny 'Hammond' Smith • Black Coffee

Review by Scott Yanow
Two of organist Johnny "Hammond" Smith's earliest gems (Black Coffee and Mr. Wonderful) are reissued in full on a single CD, Black Coffee. Although influenced by Jimmy Smith, this particular organist was also a strong grooving player, able to play both blues and more complicated chord changes. He is showcased with a quartet that includes tenor saxophonist Seldon Powell and guitarist Eddie McFadden, and in a quintet with McFadden, tenor man Houston Person and trumpeter Sonny Williams; in both cases Leo Stevens is on drums. The material (with eight colorful originals including "I Remember Clifford," "Body and Soul," and "He's a Real Gone Guy" among the 15 numbers) has a fair amount of variety, and Johnny "Hammond" Smith is heard at his best throughout this reissue.

A1 Black Coffee 4:19
A2 Monterey Theme 3:03
A3 I Remember Clifford 4:15
A4 Far Away Places 7:14
B1 Rufus Toofus 7:11
B2 Body And Soul 6:20
B3 He's A Real Gone Guy 5:38

Drums – Leo Stevens
Guitar – Eddie McFadden
Organ – Johnny "Hammond" Smith*
Tenor Saxophone – Selden Powell* (tracks: A1, A3, B1 to B3)

Label: Riverside Records ‎– RS 9442
Released: 1963

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