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Back at the Chicken Shack

Jimmy SmithVinyl
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (June 24, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00JZO33O2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BACK AT THE CHICKEN SHACK

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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious cooking at the shack July 22, 2002
By G B
Format:Audio CD
First things first: ignore the low average rating for this album -- this is one of Jimmy Smith's best (maybe THE best) albums and a major jewel in the crown of Blue Note records. It's not funky in the James Brown sense, it's funky in the heaps-and-heaps-of-soul, a-groove-six-feet-deep, "What the hell is happening back at that chicken shack?" sense.
As far as groovin', bluesy B3 jazz, you really can't do better than this album. Donald Bailey has a heavy, booting swing and Jimmy Smith's chunky basslines propel the music along. Kenny Burrell's playing is beautiful here -- very subtle and tasteful, the yin to Jimmy Smith's powerful organ yang. And as far as I'm concerned, tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine is lifted to deity status by his playing on this session. Saxophone playing doesn't get any more soulful and meaty than this.
The title track is just a blues, but what a blues it is. Jimmy digs in with the riff, Kenny plays one of his marvelous, low-key solos, and then Turrentine makes history with an absolutely mind-boggling huffin' and puffin' solo. Even the standards on this CD (classic interpretations of "When I Grow too Old to Dream" and "On the Sunny Side of the Street") sound bluesy. And despite the fact that the title track is the most famous piece here, I think "Messy Bessie" is the best here. Judging by the song, she must be a fun girl to hang around.
If you like this album, get its twin (recorded the same day), Midnight Special. Other great Jimmy Smith albums are Crazy! Baby, the Sermon, and Cool Blues. But I don't think any of them are as awesome as whatever the hell is going on Back at the Chicken Shack.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! February 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I agree 100% with Guy from New Haven. And even though I don't possess all of Jimmy's albums, this has to be his best... Maybe the the best jazz album ever!!! Never heard anything so groovy; it's B3 organ, Tenor Sax and good rhythm galore!!!

I don't know which track is best because they're all stunning but to name a few, maybe "Minor Chant" by Stanley Turrentine (who brilliantly plays the sax throughout the album), stands out a little... not by much though. "When I grow too old to dream": what a sweet melody!... Messy Bessie (by Jimmy) is so good, I would have appreciated a finale instead of the fade-out we got (but that's okay). And technically, the 1960's Blue Note pure, clear, and no-fuss analog recording sounds flawless.

If you're jaded with the traditional organ-drums-guitar formation, check this out because tenor saxophone truly adds a uniquely elegant and amazingly powerful dimension to Jimmy's already great sound! This will put a smile on your face and make your head bounce!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest jazz albums of all time... September 14, 2004
By j.
Format:Audio CD
What's there to say about Jimmy Smith that has not already been written? He's a true jazz pioneer, the "Miles Davis" of the Hammond (electric) organ, one might say. Like Davis, Smith has changed his sound drastically over the years, from Hard-Bop of early "Sermon" years, to Soul and eventually even Big Band style. But unlike Miles Davis or John Coltrane, Jimmy Smith is virtually unknown outside of jazz circles. This is truly unfortunate (and surprising), given the fact that so many rock and roll bands have used the Hammond B-3 organ in their songs over the past three decades. If it wasn't for Smith, the instrument would arguably not have as widespread appeal among musicians. On this album, widely regarded as his strongest, Smith's playing is groovy and laid back, but not in a lazy way. Continuing with the Miles Davis analogy (because everyone, even non jazz-enthusiasts, are familiar with Davis' work), consider this Smith's version of "Kind of Blue." It's cool, calm, and collected. But at the same time, Smith accents the entire thing with a heavy dose of straight-up soul. Smith, who has had one of the most prolific careers of anyone, deserves more recognition and credit for his work in the genre. But until that happens, there will be plenty of jazz fans grooving to this album, waiting to say, "See, we told you so" to the rest of the music world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERY JAZZ COLLECTION SHOULD HAVE THIS October 18, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I was born in Jimmy's hometown, and influenced by the "Philly" sound. I have listened to him for more years than I care to remember. I was fortunate enough to have an aunt who was in to jazz, and was introduced to Duke, Clifford Brown,Count Basie and on, before I was 10. What I do remember was records were still 78's and can remember the new 45RPM, my aunt bought a 56 Crown Vic that had a slide out 45 record player,(great on smooth roads)so I was influenced by the blues and jazz all my life.
I probably have most of Smith's recorded works, I have a top 200 album collection,no vinyl, just CD, and Chicken Shack and Midnight Special,the RVG remasters, both reside there.I have high end and custom CD players and at my age I long ago gave my vinyl to a relative, that has a ton of it. I also have the original 1987? CD's but prefer the RVG reissues.
Most all of the artists Rudy Van Gelder recorded, wanted Rudy to record them. I lived in the East Village in the 60's and early 70's.And spent alot of time at the "Vangard" and all the other West Village Venues and would get to "Slug's on the East Side",which was a great venue. I know what the music sounded like live, and the RVG series overall captures the sound the best. I have most of the RVG series and a few of Dual Disc SACD issues. At this point I am going to purchase one more SACD,probably "Chicken Shack", and decide If I will buy anymore. So far my feeling is the people that do the SACD transfers on some of this are not the best.
I have lived my life with the blues and jazz, have shared a drink with Missisippi John Hurt and used to have a photo of Horace Silver? holding my son.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cd
Great cd, very nice listening, good driving music, Jimmy Smith is one of the greats. I would buy it again.
Published 6 months ago by Carey J. Nobles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Gave this as a gift, and he was pleasantly surprised at getting it so soon.
The quality was as expected, and as promised.
Published 10 months ago by Forester W. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any more incredible than this
This is Jimmy Smith's Back at the Chicken Shack. This is the first album of his that I heard as a younster and a great introduction to the genre of jazz. Read more
Published 20 months ago by trackerdan
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Music
I first heard Jimmy Smith's "Back at the Chicken Shack" during the summer of 1963. My introduction to Jimmy Smith, Kenny Barrell & Stanley Turrentine was mesmerizing,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Don Sexton
5.0 out of 5 stars Not an expert...but I know what I like!
This is a great and unique quartet. Organ, Guitar, Sax, Drums, that's it. VERY cool and interesting sound and some rippin' compositions. Highly recommended!
Published 20 months ago by Cavetus Emptore
5.0 out of 5 stars ...an album you must hear !!
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Published 21 months ago by James W. Unger
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Smith's strongest recordings
Back in the Chicken Shack is definitely on my top 5 Jimmy Smith albums of all time, it's up there with the Sermon, the Cat, and Bashin'. Read more
Published on January 3, 2011 by Jason Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars The Album that Inspired Everyone... !
BACK AT THE CHICKEN SHACK is one of those anthems that if you play organ you're expected to know...
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Published on September 12, 2010 by Eddie Landsberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
There are other aspects to the great Jimmy Smith besides Back At The Chicken Shack, for the full sphere of Smith's work, check out the big band volumesBashin': The Unpredictable... Read more
Published on May 31, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
1.0 out of 5 stars Does your ruffed grouse like donkeys?
I made the mistake of taking this album along to a cockfight at Vato's last weekend. No, not that kind of cockfight, not that there's anything wrong with that. Read more
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