Jimmy Smith: Root Down

Once he had his fill of hard bop and soul jazz, Jimmy Smith turned his organ toward funk jazz for a while. “Root Down” and the rest of this album, taken from a 1972 concert at the Bombay Bicycle Club in Los Angeles, are the epitome of that effort. Arthur Adams’ funk licks and wah-wah pedal give the sound the extra kick it needs to grab the kids’ attention, and Wilton Felder’s electric bass – an instrument one might consider gratuitous given the Hammond B-3’s pedals – helps sustain the soul groove so Smith can focus on his keyboard laboratory, and indeed he solos through virtually the entire 12 minutes here. “Root Down” gained new currency in 1994 when the Beastie Boys used the recording as the basis for a rap song of the same title. More proof that Smith’s sound never gets old.

October 26, 2007 · 0 comments


Larry Young: The Moontrane

Like Jimmy Smith, Larry Young chose the Hammond B-3 organ as his instrument, but his playing owed less to the blues than Smith’s and his mid-sixties work was more rhythmically and harmonically adventurous. This advanced hard-bop session includes the trumpeter Woody Shaw, one of the many excellent Clifford Brown followers who recorded for the Blue Note label.

October 23, 2007 · 0 comments


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