Jimmy Smith: This Guy's in Love with You


This Guy’s in Love With You


Jimmy Smith (organ)


The Boss (Verve V6-8770)

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Jimmy Smith (organ), George Benson (guitar), Donald Bailey (drums).

Composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David


Recorded: Atlanta, 1968


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

The schmaltzy Burt Bacharach/Hal David pop song “This Guy’s in Love with You” was for a while something of a jazz standard (and it’s coming around again, with new versions by the Bad Plus and others). Its most natural-sounding incarnation is the one recorded by Jimmy Smith’s trio at an Atlanta club in 1968. Despite the recording’s obvious flaw – the inconsiderate crowd at Paschal’s La Carousel is heard talking throughout the tune – the trio puts on a soul-jazz master class. Donald Bailey’s drumming is clean and crisp, and George Benson’s smooth genius on the guitar is already on display. Smith lays low at first, holding down chords for Benson, and then comes alive with a solo that throws every conceivable B-3 idea at the chart.

Reviewer: Steve Greenlee

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