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Jimmy Smith

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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Discography

A Date With Jimmy Smith

A Date With Jimmy...

Fresh Sound Records
2011

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Plays The Hits

Plays The Hits

Verve Music Group
2010

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Sit On It / Unfinished Business

Sit On It /...

101 Distribution
2010

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Three Classic Albums

Three Classic Albums

101 Distribution
2010

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Got My Mojo Workin' / Hoochie Coochie Man

Got My Mojo Workin' /...

Verve Music Group
2009

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Plays Fats Waller

Plays Fats Waller

Blue Note Records
2009

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