Jimmy Smith: Back at the Chicken Shack


Back At The Chicken Shack


Jimmy Smith (organ)


Back At The Chicken Shack (Blue Note 46402)

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Jimmy Smith (organ), Stanley Turrentine (tenor sax), Kenny Burrell (guitar), Donald Bailey (drums).

Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, N.J., April 25, 1960


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Jimmy Smith was not the first to exploit the potential of the Hammond organ’s down-home, earthy sound. But Smith became the instrument’s most popular and influential exponent during the heyday of soul-jazz at Blue Note in the late fifties and early sixties. His classic 1960 shuffle blues “Back at the Chicken Shack” is still performed widely in the 21st century. This original version features not only Smith’s own simple, blues-infused organ phrasing, but also Kenny Burrell’s funky guitar and Stanley Turrentine’s gritty, quintessentially soulful tenor saxophone.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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