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Jimmy Smith

Primary Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3

Born: December 8, 1925 | Died: February 8, 2005    

Born James Oscar Smith in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA. Smith was influenced by both gospel and blues. He first achieved prominence in the 1950s where his recordings became popular on jukeboxes before there were commonly used terms to describe his unique musical flavor. In the sixties and seventies he helped create the jazz style known as 'funk' or 'soul jazz'.

There had been earlier limited use of the electronic organ in jazz (notably by Fats Waller and Count Basie), though these early examples sometimes had a novelty feel. Smith is widely recognized as introducing the electric organ as a legitimate musical instrument, capable of virtuoso improvisation....
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    Sit On It / Unfinished Business

    HighNote
    2012
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    A Date With Jimmy Smith

    HighNote
    2011
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    Three Classic Albums

    HighNote
    2010
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    Plays The Hits

    HighNote
    2010
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    Got My Mojo Workin' • Hoochie Cooche Man

    HighNote
    2009
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    Plays Fats Waller

    Blue Note Records
    2009
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    Live At The Club Baby Grand, Volume 1

    HighNote
    2008
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