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Six Views Of The Blues

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Six Views Of The Blues by Jimmy Smith

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This previously unreleased album was recorded in 1958 at one of 31 sessions that the phenomenal and prolific organist Jimmy Smith participated in during his tenure at Blue Note. Credited with transforming the Hammond B-3 from a novelty item into one of the most popular instruments in jazz, Smith helped create the organ-trio sound and establish the soul-funk style so popular on jukeboxes across the U.S. in the late 1950s. An all-blues program with Cecil Payne wielding a rather cumbersome baritone saxophone, Six Views is hardly revolutionary--perhaps explaining why the album was originally kept in the can. Thankfully, today's criteria for what is release worthy differ from the standards in the late 1950s, allowing us to hear Smith with guitarist Kenny Burrell and drummer Art Blakey in what has become a rare recording. The grooves here are sublime--with a stellar "St. Louis Blues"--and Payne proves to be an unusually nimble soloist on the big baritone. Nota bene: "The Swingin' Shepherd Blues" was previously issued on the Blue Note single 45-1711. --Mitchell Feldman

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  • Audio CD (November 22, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: October 19, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • ASIN: B00001ZSXN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,718 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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