Jimmy Smith Organ Grinder Swing

I am in Gotham for a few hours over the next day or so, and I finally made a point to go to Academy Records on 18th between 5th and 6th Ave.

While I was unhappy with their vinyl selection-- it was classical mainly, and I saw some of those boxes that you see in the midwest house sales with multiple LPs of Glen Miller or whatnot... I did find some stuff in their jazz CD section. I got out of there with only 2 CDs which seems sort of lame, in retrospect. I should try to sneak out tomorrow for "coffee" during work.

One of the gems that I picked up was Jimmy Smith Organ Grinder Swing on Verve. I have been digging on the Hammond b-3 stylings of Jimmy Smith for a while, and it is time to dig into his discog a bit more.

The title track leads it off, and it is a swinging number that runs a brief 2.12. The guitar follows the lead provided by the organ, in the left channel, a minute or so in the guitar takes a lead. During the lead Jimmy stabs the organ to punctuate the track. Some groaning moaning "vocals"can be heard in the background. I can't wait to listen to this track on the CD Reference System as opposed to a couple of wimpy laptop speaks...

According to Wikipedia, after record a stack of records for Blue Note, Jimmy Smith moved over to the Verve label in 63. This particular LP was tracked in June 1965 at Van Gelder Recording Studio in Englewood Cliffs New Jersey.

Listening to this record, you certainly get the feel that Smith could make enough noise and run enough leads and bass lines on his B-3 and Leslie speaker cabinet that the guitar by Kenny Burrell and drums (Grady Tate) are nice extras, in the left and right channels, respectively. You have to love that early stereo.
The fourth track is an unbelievable shredding of Greensleeves.

I would recommend that you go find a copy of this one immediately.


Soul Brutha Dave's new mix

Dave has done it again with a new mix for your downloading pleasure.

It is all Souls Sisters. Take a trip over there and give it a listen.


Lemont's Choice

In honor of my favorite TV show of all time, I would like to dedicate my most recent concoction to Demond Wilson, TV's Lemont on Sanford and Son.

This is the first mix, where I did all live on my 1200s. Up to this point, I was recording each 45 and then mixing digitally. The 1200s make this so much more fun! My skills are pretty minimal so cut me some slack if the cuts seem forced.

Lemont's Choice was brewed with only original 45s in varying states of decay. I have been enjoying some good digging lately.

Here is the tracklist:

01 Express Yourself Charles Wright & The Watts 103 St Rhythm Band/ Warners (Promo)
02 Funky Me Timmy Thomas/ Glades
03 I Wanna Testify Parliaments/ Revilot
04 Maryjane Bobby Rush/ Galaxy
05 Taurus Dennis Coffey & The Detroit Guitar Band/ Sussex
06 Mighty Mighty Jesse Anderson/ Thomas
07 Gimme Some (Part 1) General Crook/ Down To Earth
08 Cadillac Jack Andre Williams/ Checker
09 I Wanna Know Mongo Santamaria/ Columbia
10 Love Is A Four Letter Word Jimmy Witherspoon/ Capitol
11 Everybody’s Got A Little Devil In Their Soul Tommie Young/ Soul Power
12 Hot Thang Eddy Senay/ Sussex
13 Come See About Me Junior Walker & The All Stars/ Soul

Here is a download link


Some digging this past weekend

I have found a place that seems to have some pretty good booty when it comes to cratedigging here in the Chicago area.

I dont want to share my haunt, but I will share some of the many discs that I picked up over the weekend. The turntables were certainly happy with their new styli and plenty of old wax to dig through.

Yardbirds Shapes of Things Epic
JBs Same Beat People (2 copies)
Timmy Thomas Funky Me Glades
Bobby Rush Mary Jane Galaxy (2 copies)
Jimmy Ruffin Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me Soul
The Who Pinball Wizard Decca
War Lowrider UA (promo)
Parliaments I Wanna Testify Revillot
Wilson Pickett Don't Knock My Love Atlantic
Wilson Pickett Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You Atlantic
Martha & The Vandellas My Baby Loves Me Gordy
Cliff Nobles The Horse (Instrumental) Gold Soul
ZZ Hill Hold Back Mankind
Santana Oye Como Va Columbia
Sam & Dave Hold On I'm A Comin Stax
Muddy Waters Tiger in Your Tank Chess
Mongo Santamaria Bossa Negra Columbia
Tommie Young Do You Still Feel The Same Way Soul Power
Wilson Pickett We've Got To Have Love Atlantic
Clarence Reed I'm Working While Its Day Jewel
Andre Williams Cadillac Jack Checker
Jimmy Witherspoon Love is A Four Letter Word Capitol
The Radiants Anything You Do Is Alright Chess
Charles Wright Express Yourself Warner Promo
Jr Walker Sweet Soul Soul
Bill Withers Ain't No Sunshine Sussex
Eddy Senay Ain't No Sunshine Sussex
Willie Hutch Party Down Motown
Herbie Mann Watermelon Man Atlantic

I don't have any interesting record people sightings, except for maybe the guy that was trying to sing garage tunes, while looking at Sundazed reissues, that was sort of surreal.

I need to get together another mix...