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listen  1. Theme From Joy HouseLalo Schifrin 4:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The CatJimmy Smith 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Basin Street BluesJimmy Smith 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Main Title From "The Carpetbaggers"Jimmy Smith 3:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Chicago SerenadeJimmy Smith 3:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. St. Louis BluesJimmy Smith 3:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Delon's BluesJimmy Smith 4:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Blues In The NightJimmy Smith 4:46$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 24, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000069NA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Two "Most Played" CDs in my collection!
Amazon Customer
I have been sitting and listening to both and telling you how great Smith is as a player is like saying the boiling water is hot.
Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
I am amazed at how Jimmy Smith's Hammond organ sounds like a kitty cat!
by Robert Wheeler

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a fantastic union of the raw funkiness of Jimmy Smith and the smooth arrangements of the unrivalled Lalo Schifrin. It is the combination of these two musicians, both deserving the title of 'genius', which causes the sparks to fly through the speakers. The organ has never sounded so groovy and the big band arrangements are equally unique. This will give something extra each time you listen. Enjoy!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ray Acosta on May 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my very favorite ablums. I originally purchased it as an LP in the late 60's, then again as a reel-to-reel tape, and now I have it as a CD. If a new music format comes out, this will be the first album I'd buy. I never get tired of hearing it. The great arrangements by conductor of Lalo Schifrin, the powerful organ of Jimmy Smith; Big Band Jazz doesn't get better than this. Imagin Paul Bunyan playing organ in a Jazz Band. Listen to the first two tracks, Theme from Joy House, and The Cat, and see if you are not blown away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on May 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
By the time Jimmy Smith moved from Blue Note to Verve in the early '60s he was widely acknowledged as the ruling jazz Hammond organ player in the world. He was not only seminal in introducing the instrument to jazz, he continued to innovate throughout the '50s and '60s. His feet provided funky bass lines, his left hand swinging chords, and his right hand lightning-quick gospel-influenced runs. Given the fullness of his playing, it's a wonder there was even room for other players on his sessions.

Even more impressive is the way this 1964 release weaves together the breadth of Smith's organ with the full-blown band arrangements of Lalo Schifrin. Smith leans more heavily to soul than jazz on these eight tunes, and his interplay with the orchestra is necessarily formalized by the use of arrangements. Still, Schifrin adds some unexpected twists with a punchy horn section that augments Smith's staccato runs and fluid vamping. For more organ in a big band context, check out Smith's Verve debut, "The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith," which paired him with the legendary Oliver Nelson. [©2007 hyperbolium dot com]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By macfawlty on January 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The collaborations with Lalo Schifrin and Oliver Nelson are all really good. I think the Oliver Nelson ones are a little better, but they're both SO GOOD, why split hairs. With over 40 or so Jimmy titles, I never tire of him. Sometimes I hear an album and it's like the first time all over. Now all I have to do is to get all the CD titles to get the extra songs since most of mine are on LP.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I met Jimmy Smith, I've followed Jimmy, and his passing is a loss for all jazz fans. This great CD, "The Cat" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf" are two of the greatest big band / Jimmy Smith arrangements. If you know Jimmy Smith, you already have this CD or your collection is seriously lacking. If you haven't heard "Virginia Wolf", it is NOW available --- Don't Miss IT! Two of the best. Two "Most Played" CDs in my collection!

Enjoy. It is terrific.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terje Biringvad on June 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Jimmy Smith's move from Blue Note Records to Verve in 1962, also changed his "organ voice" when playing big bands with more commercial tunes popular at the time on this excellent album - "Theme from Joy House,"The Cat" and "The Carpetbaggers". Still Smith's playing is familiar on the blues-oriented material on the album like "Delons Blues", "Blues in The Night" and "Delon's Blues", where he is at his best with Lalo Schifrin's excellent big band charts. The hard swinging big band with notable supporting musicians, Smith plays the organ (actually a Hammond C3 is being used on the recording session but who cares other than Hammond freaks?) very clever to balance with the big band, which has been a challenge for most jazz organists recorded with a big band. This big band CD stands out to be No.1 from Smith's big band outings on Verve!
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Format: Audio CD
It is a very odd experience to go through your jazz collection in 2010. Now that a lot of collaborations between great artists see marketed--$17.99 CDs at Starbucks--it amazes how in the 1960s, pollination in the hen house of great artists was common, almost casual. Once or twice a month, two great musicians would show up at a studio, work a day, and go home. The album would be $3.98 in stores near you in a few weeks.

Jimmy Smith was the most well known organist in 1960s jazz and where his counterpoint Larry Young went model, Smith stuck to the blues. With amazing speed and a great sense of melody, Smith got to work with the best in the biz--On Bashin': The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith it was Oliver Nelson. On The Cat, Lalo Schifrin.

I have been sitting and listening to both and telling you how great Smith is as a player is like saying the boiling water is hot. More interesting is counterpoint between Nelson and Shiffrin and how Smith functions with both.

Now, this aint' easy. Both arranger's seem to love the blues, and both are perfect compliments for Jimmy Smith. But after making both Bashin and The Cat my aural wallpaper for the day, I think my typing little finger is reaching it.

For Smith, Oliver Nelson likes big intros, then comping: he splashes in, and then to a degree steps back, and let's the master improviser Smith do the work, comping and then coming back in like a fierce tide. Smith has a lot of open space--great. This guy could improvise on blues all day and not repeat himself once.

On The Cat, Schirin is into jiving back and fourth with the Hammond ace. Instinctively. he is more bass driven then Nelson, likes little clusters over big bangs.
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