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Midnight Special

Jimmy SmithAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000005HC8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Midnight Special
2. A Subtle One
3. Jumpin' The Blues
4. Why Was I Born
5. One O'Clock Jump

Editorial Reviews

Organist Jimmy Smith, tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, and guitarist Kenny Burrell always make for a potent team, and with drummer Donald Bailey completing the group, the quartet digs soulfully into such numbers as the groovin' "Midnight Special," "Jumpin' the Blues," and "One O'Clock Jump." A highly recommended album.

Players Include:
Jimmy Smith - Organ, Organ (Hammond)
Stanley Turrentine - Sax (Tenor)
Donald Bailey - Drums
Kenny Burrell - Guitar

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best, and Turrentine is hot. May 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Midnight Special was culled from the same recording session that produced Back to the Chicken Shack. If you're familiar with that session you may as well just click the purchase button now because this disc is comparably smoking. Like Back At The Chicken Shack the man who puts this disc over the top is Stanley Turrentine. His solo are riotous romps of bluesy honks. Smith keeps it fairly mellow on his solos, but is in the usual form. The original tunes are catchy and the standards are excellent renditions. Basically, an essential recording for any fan of Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine or soul jazz in general.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Masterpiece! November 24, 2004
By j.
Format:Audio CD
"Midnight Special" is the lesser-known sister album of Jimmy Smith's monumental "Back at the Chicken Shack." The "Midnight Special" album has exactly the same sound (lineup) and the songs on "Midnight Special" seem to pick up right where "Chicken Shack" left off. Jimmy shines as master of his art, making jamming on the electric organ sound as easy as walking. He's bluesy, funky, and bopping all at the same time. And if the electric organ is the heart of this album, then the saxophone is the soul. There simply isn't a bad note on this album, and it's a shame it isn't remembered with as much popularity and praise as "Chicken Shack." It's just as good.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential August 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Midnight Special" and "Back At The Chicken Shack," both featuring the same line-up (Jimmy Smith - organ, Stanley Turrentine - tenor saxophone, Kenny Burrell - guitar, and Donald Bailey - drums,) are the quintessential organ / tenor sax recordings. Which is better? Well they were both recorded at the same place on the same day so they should be treated as one. In other words, buy them both!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars late, late blues September 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
it's round midnight. the lights are low, the table candles have all burned down. there's a haze of blue smoke hanging just below the ceiling. the conversation has dropped to muffled whisper. it's time for the blues to roll in. it's nearing time for last call, but there's still minute or two to try to drown yesterday.
that's the feel of jimmy smith's opening number. mr. smith is a master of the blues, and when he entered the studio with stanley turrentine and kenny burrell in tow, a super session was put in place. mr. smith revolutionized the hammond b-3 making it a staple of hard bop jazz, but he never forgot the roots of the instrument--blues shacks and also church halls. this album covers the spectrum, revealing the funk at the heart of jazz, but also exploring the nuances of bop--"a subtle one"--
getting this album is getting one of the true masterpieces of the blue note catalog.
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