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Groovin' at Smalls' Paradise [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Live]

Jimmy SmithAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Walkin' (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster)11:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. My Funny Valentine (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster)11:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. It's Only A Paper Moon (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster)10:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) [1999 - Remaster] 7:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Slightly Monkish (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster) 7:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. After Hours (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster)10:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Just Friends (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster) 6:29$1.29  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Live
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00000K4GL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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These recordings from 1957 are among the most momentous to appear in the Rudy Van Gelder series, marking the first American appearance on CD of these early live recordings and adding four previously unreleased tracks. Accompanied by his regular band of guitarist Eddie McFadden and drummer Donald Bailey, Smith is an extraordinary musical presence, combining the energy of a big band and a sanctified congregation as he serves up kinetic versions of pop songs, jazz standards, and blues. Among the new additions are a scintillating version of Smith's own up-tempo blues feature "The Champ," a marvel of keyboard technique, and a treatment of "Walkin'" that could define the idea of swing. Smith wasn't just using the organ as a jazz instrument, he was creating a new idiom that fused elements of modern jazz and R&B. The extended tunes also highlight a neglected jazz-blues talent in McFadden. --Stuart Broomer

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Jimmy Smith ever cut October 18, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This live performance was captured when Jimmy Smith was truly at the peak of his creative powers. Recorded on November 15, 1957 Smith is joined by his working group of Eddie McFadden on guitar, and Donald Bailey on drums. The playing is truly inspired by all. Smith gets to his absolute white hottest on the cuts "Walkin'", "The Champ", and "After Hours", the latter being a low down blues in which Smith really displays what would become trademarks: lightning right hand runs, as well as his patented trilling. There are some great ballads on the collection, notably "Laura" in which Jimmy stuns the listener with an incredibly lengthy classical tinged cadenza to bring the tune to a thrilling climax. Eddie McFadden is showcased on "Indiana", a tune which displays a talent truly underrated. Also notable is that this is the first album, to showcase a new stop setting on Jimmy's B-3, different than his more high pitched whistle like tone on his earlier works. The music here is simply incredible, and in beautiful 24 bit sound by Rudy Van Gelder. A classic album that in it's complete form is one of the best he ever cut. This was an incredibly active period for Jimmy, and coincedentally Jimmy's group went in to the studio 5 days later for another recording session
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historic Jazz Organ Session June 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Jimmy Smith and company made jazz history the night of November 15, 1957. This freewheeling live set from the legendary Small's Paradise nightclub anticipates just about every twist and turn Hammond B-3 and indeed almost all other electronic keyboard playing would take up to the present day.
This classic recording represents Smith at his early best, his unique artistry arguably in its purest and most unfettered form. Suffice it to say that this is all beef and no tofu, with fierce and furious renditions of standards like "Indiana," flavorful blues workouts in "Walkin'" and "After Hours," and rich gospel-tinged treatments of "Laura" and "My Funny Valentine." Highlights also include Jimmy's quirky extended introductory vamps to many tunes. His bandmates are certainly no slouches either, with guitarist McFadden in particular contributing quicksilver licks steeped in bebop.
Groovin' at Small's Paradise is a non-stop rocket blast of a recording, guaranteed to energize you better than quaffing a dozen bottles of Jolt Cola. It's well worth the extra cash, too--you get the equivalent of 3 LPs worth of music, and the clarity of the remastering of these Van Gelder special editions is superb.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
There are so few live recordings of Jimmy Smith and he truly shows off very well live... thing is, he shows off well in the studio, so you know live has got to be even better. This recording is a must have for anyone into Jimmy Smith and I might make it a first recommendation for anyone just being introduced to him. I have over 40 titles by him and this new release made me very happy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammond B3 heaven!!! September 18, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I just got this CD set!!! It is a live club date recording by the Alfred Lion, and it's smokin'!!!! Nearly 16 minutes up-tempo blowing on the tune "Indiana" only!!! This is true vintage Jimmy Smith from 1957!!! Small's Paradise's in Harlem, and there is a wonderful historical, cultural background on the club by Leonard Feathers that's worth the cost of the CDs. The music, of course, is priceless!!! If you are fan of the Hammond B3, buy this CD set!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Organ is Rocking March 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Jimmy Smith is one of those Musicians that you have to hit Rewind twice to Believe what you just heard first and then the 2nd time to feel the soul of his Organ again.his Playing is Incredible in the studio but Live it's Fantastic.Walkin' is tight as is Indiana&the Champ.The Music Never lets up&it's very Soulful.this is a Must.He is one of the Baddest Organ Players ever.also in General one of the Baddest Musicians ever.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lavish music June 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Cook/Morton Penguin Guide names this as Jimmy Smith's best album, on the strength of the long reading of "After Hours" in particular. They're right about that track--it's a tremendous performance--but they're wrong about the album. This early disc comes from a period where Smith was still playing essentially an amalgam of bebop & Erroll Garner, pushed to almost surreal extremes by his extraordinary cup-runneth-over style of improvising & the weird array of sounds he coaxed from the organ, from throbbing bel canto wails to machine-gun flak to glittering icicle brilliance. Most of the material here is popular standards of the day--"Body & Soul", "I Can't Give You Anything but Love", "Imagination", "My Funny Valentine", "Lover Man", "Indiana", "Laura", "Just Friends", "It's Only a Paper Moon"--& he takes them to the cleaners: "Laura" in particular is so wildly over the top that when I last spun this album, my wife thought that it was a put-on. (Nope.) I kind of perversely like the ballad tracks for their sheer excess--it's a good vulgar antidote to tasteful piano-trio versions--but the really good stuff here tends to be the bop-into-blues of "The Champ", "Walkin" & "Slightly Monkish", & of course the excellent "After Hours".
Eddie McFadden on guitar is no whiz but plays just fine, though he has a distressing tendency to sail along smoothly for several choruses & then at precisely the wrong moment (the climax of a tune, the final turnaround) hit some sour notes (e.g. the bum notes circa 5:30 on "Body & Soul").
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2.0 out of 5 stars Intense and raw
Recording style is intense and raw, so not as smooth as The Cat album for instance.
Ok for people who are Very jazz oriented, but will put off the casual listener.
Published 5 months ago by Mark Williamson
4.0 out of 5 stars Organ-ic eruption
As other reviewers have suggested, if you are a fan of jazz organ, you're going to love this 1957 live set, a generous two discs of Jimmy Smith going to town on the keyboards. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip for me down Memory Lane
Small's Paradise was a unique club in New York City's Harlem which I attended often as a young boy in the early 1960's. Read more
Published on May 7, 2011 by Richard White
4.0 out of 5 stars Flashy but solid
On some of these songs, Jimmy is all over the place on the organ, though he only is occasionally "flashy" for flashy's sake. Read more
Published on March 22, 2010 by Richard Oneil
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the casual; organ lovers only, please.
Do not buy this unless you really (really) like organ-based jazz. The organ is overpowering on this 2-CD set (as it should be), and for me, a former organ player turned pianist,... Read more
Published on January 4, 2009 by Eric C. Sedensky
5.0 out of 5 stars The Emperor in all its glory!!
This is Jimmy's best album, my all time favourite. This is the real deal: just organ, guitar & drums. And most tracks are 6 min and more, so you get a lot of LOUD organ by the man. Read more
Published on July 20, 2004 by Blues Bro
3.0 out of 5 stars The Emporer has no clothes?
Look, I'll be blunt. I'm far from a jazz authority--though I've been listening to it for roughly 10 years now--but in my humble opinion (as evidenced by this record, anyway), Jimmy... Read more
Published on November 6, 2002 by Rob M.
3.0 out of 5 stars First CD is slow going; second one cooks
The first CD in this 2-cd set is quite rough to get through. Smith's tone is extra-gooey and lacks some of the muscularity and grit he would adopt on later releases, and the fact... Read more
Published on February 11, 2002 by happydogpotatohead
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