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sábado, 10 de septiembre de 2016

Johnny 'Hammond' Smith • Essential Organ Masters

Actually nicknamed after his instrument, Johnny "Hammond" Smith was perhaps one of the more underrated soul-jazz organists of the style's heyday. Born John Robert Smith in Louisville, KY, on December 16, 1933, Smith began learning piano as a child, idolizing Bud Powell and Art Tatum early on. After moving to Cleveland, Smith heard jazz organ pioneer Wild Bill Davis and decided to switch instruments; he made his professional debut on the organ in 1958, around the same time he was working as an accompanist for vocalist Nancy Wilson. In 1959, he began recording as a leader for Prestige, an association that would last through 1970 and produce highlights like That Good Feelin', Talk That Talk, Black Coffee, Open House, Ebb Tide, and Soul Talk, among others. As time passed, Smith's style got progressively funkier, and in 1971, he shortened his name to Johnny Hammond and moved to producer Creed Taylor's CTI label family. Hammond recorded five jazz-funk albums over the next three years, including Breakout, Wild Horses/Rock Steady, and the Mizell Brothers-helmed Gambler's Life. In 1975, Hammond moved to Milestone and recorded the culmination of his move into jazz-funk, Gears, another collaboration with the Mizell Brothers that was reviled by purists and canonized by acid jazz fans. After a few more sessions for Milestone, Smith largely retired from jazz, settling in Southern California and investing in real estate. He began recording sporadically again in the '90s, but was stricken with cancer and died on June 4, 1997. ~ Steve Huey

1 - Opus De Funk
2 - The End of a Love Affair
3 - Bye Bye, Blackbird
4 - That Good Feelin'
5 - Misty
6 - Autumn Leaves
7 - Secret Love
8 - Pennies from Heaven
9 - A Portrait of Jennie
10 - Talk That Talk
11 - I'll Remember April
12 - Puddin'
13 - Easy Like
14 - My Funny Valentine
15 - An Affair to Remember
16 - (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over
17 - Bennie's Diggin'
18 - Goin' Places
19 - Billie's Bounce
20 - All Soul
21 - Sweet Cookies
22 - Rip Tide
23 - Minors Allowed
24 - Because You Left Me
25 - Ribs an' Chips
26 - Stimulation
27 - Autumn Leaves
28 - Sticks and Stones
29 - Invitation
30 - Spring Is Here
31 - Que Pasa?
32 - If Someone Had Told Me
33 - Shirley's Theme
34 - Gone with the Wind
35 - Almost Like Being in Love
36 - Sad Eyes
37 - Cry Me a River

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