Jimmy Smith - Bashin': The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith


Speakers Corner (Verve)



Product No.:
AVER 8474
EAN: 4260019713858

180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP

Right up until today rumor has it that Creed Taylor enticed the organist Jimmy Smith to leave Blue Note and change to the Verve label by means of a very large fistful of dollars. One thing is clear however: Jimmy Smith never revealed a single word about this delicate matter; but it is also clear that the whole concept of his music took on new dimensions when he changed over to his new backer. Recordings with Wes Montgomery were just the beginning; large ensembles, superb arrangements by Oliver Nelson and fine contributions by his soloists created a magnificent background for the "new" Jimmy Smith on this and subsequent LPs. Despite its title, Bashin', there is absolutely nothing to criticize on this LP. The A side presents the new concept: a wonderful, swinging background against which Jimmy Smith can develop his full potential. Oliver Nelson's light and airy arrangements further enhance the standard themes: soloists are never confined within set limits but are gently guided; the riffs are presented precisely and cleanly, without ever sounding overloaded.


1. Walk on the Wild Side
2. Ol' Man River
3. In A Mellow Tone
4. Step Right Up
5. Beggar for the Blues
6. Bashin'
7. I'm an Old Cow Hand (From the Rio Grande)