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Respect [Import]

Jimmy SmithAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 9, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B0007WZUJC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Respect
2. Funky Broadway
3. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
4. Get Out Of My Life
5. T-Bone Steak

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Smith = Funky 1967 February 7, 2012
Format:Audio CD
~ When Jimmy Smith moved from Blue Note to Verve in the 1960's the nature of his recordings changed in several ways. One way they changed is that he was often backed by a big band; another way they changed is that he was often asked to record jazz versions of currently popular songs. The music on this CD clearly demonstrates the second of these points. However, regardless of the material, Jimmy Smith was still Jimmy Smith = funky, blues-drenched, soulful. If one is old enough to remember these songs as popular music hits, then you may think of this as "Jimmy plays pop". However, if you are younger than that or simply ignore the association to their pop-music origins, then you will appreciate these recordings for what they are = funky Jimmy Smith.
~ "Respect", recorded 2 & 14 June 1967, features a funky Smith digging into Joe Zawinul's "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" made famous by Cannonball Adderley; Otis Redding's "Respect"; "Funky Broadway" made popular by Wilson Pickett; Allen Toussaint's medium-tempo blues "Get Out of My Life" (which reminds me of "Got My Mojo Workin'"); and Jimmy's own up-tempo blues "T-Bone Steak".
~ "Respect" was recorded with Jimmy fronting two groups: one consisting of Eric Gale (guitar), Ron Carter (bass), and Grady Tate (drums); the other consisting of Thornel Schwartz (guitar), Bob Bushnell (bass), Bernard Purdy (drums). The liner notes do not distinguish which group plays on which tracks. I am no expert on bass or drums; however, based on the sound and style of the guitar and based on the master numbers, I guess that the Schwartz-Bushnell-Purdy group plays on "Mercy" and "Funky Broadway", with the other tracks featuring the Gale-Carter-Tate group.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars End of a long search December 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have enjoyed this record for around 45 years, and always considered it Jimmy's best. Having already worn out two vinyl copies, and having nagged Verve on their website to put this out on CD, I am very pleased to see it here finally. A lot of Jimmy's licks sound tired on other records, to the point where I feel one record is enough to get the idea of what he is saying. This record is it. The interplay with the guitarist is perfect, the intensity never flags in what are quite long tracks. The only drawback is the difficulty of finding a record to follow it when it has finished. You can always try putting it on again.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another CD by the Master!! July 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have been looking for this CD for a long time and I'm glad that I finally found it, even though because it is a European version the price is higher. My favorite cut on it is "T-Bone Steak. Typical, hard drive, funky Jimmy Smith. Another reason for me to mourn his passing.
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