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Live At The Village Gate Import, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (March 18, 2008)
  • Reis Rmst Rstr ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0013LL03G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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The "Live at the Village Gate" album had all the Verve trademarks for another successful release by Jimmy Smith when it hit the streets on May 31 1963 - the immense popular Jimmy Smith trio in live performance for the first time on the Verve label supported by the successful producer Creed Taylor. But of unknown reasons, "Live at the Village Gate" was released on the MGM Metro label, the owner of the Verve subsidiary label, more known for its low cost production, price cut LP's. "Live at the Village Gate" became the lesser known LP from Jimmy Smith and a hard-to-find album among collectors since it was never re-released again in its original package by Verve, not even in Japan.

But don't be fooled by the original crappy cover design, because the "Live at the Village Gate" album is a remarkable quality live performance by the Jimmy Smith trio, not in the sense of the choice of melodies being played, but how Jimmy Smith stretches out on the Hammond B-3 organ through four lengthy tunes. He plays far more aggressive and soulful (like the live Blue Note albums) than at- the-time polished Verve label studio recordings, allows himself more space with fierce grooves and solos that keeps drummer Billy Hart and guitarist Quentin Warren busy keeping up with the tempi. When the trio kicks off with the Ray Charles hit "I Got a Woman", Jimmy Smith literally tears the melody apart with long complex improvised lines that turns the whole show into an amazing "block chord & full organ" final you never heard before! The trio now calms down with a joyous version of the too little played standard tune "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey".
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My Dad was trying to steer me away from wanting to play guitar, circa 1965. He brought this home for me. 49 years later i have two Hammond's...nuff said...great live cuts. B-3 is growling, spitting and barking. It is some of Jimmys best
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An early LP in Jimmy's lustrous carrier at the B3. His recording of "The Champ," is not well known but in my opinion of listening to him live, on the radio and turntable is the champ.
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This live performance is the worst one of Jimmy Smith !
Here, his approach to the organ is obslolete and nevrotic !
Just listen to the tracks samples and you will see soon what I want to say.

If you want to listen to the real Jimmy Smith in a stimulating, extraordinary and tremendous live performance, please buy or listen to the following live cds of Jimmy Smith trio (organ + guitar + drums):

1)Jimmy Smith Trio (ASIN: B000063E19);it is tremendous: double cds set, nice price and highest sound quality. 1 hour and 30 minutes of "organic orgasm" !!! Recorded live in France in 1965.

2)Jimmy Smith - Pleyel Nov 20 1968 & Dec 1 1969 (ASIN: B00006IJ0H); it is not in the same best sound quality of the first recording, but the material is excellent !!!!!!!!!!!!1 houe and 40 minutes, double cd set, nice price !!!!

3)Jimmy Smith - The Boss (ASIN: B0002LGWRC), with guitarist George Benson, this cd of Verve surpasses the new, poor cd of Verve.

P.S:
If you are searching for new cds about the Jazz Organ, you can visit my 5 listmanias (lists) dedicated to this genre of music, just clicking on my nickname, and afterwards clicking on the " See all 8 Listmania ! List"'s buttom or link.
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