180 gram vinyl LP in Gatefold packaging
"Midnight Special" features the great Jimmy Smith backed by Stanley Turrentine on tenor sax, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Donald Bailey on drums. The April 25, 1960 session that resulted in that album was a highly productive one, for in the course of the same day the group also recorded the LP Back at the Chicken Shack.
Although he began as a pianist, the great Jimmy Smith (1925-2005) switched to organ after hearing Wild Bill Davis in 1953. Smith’s unparalleled skills with the Hammond helped to popularize the electric organ as a jazz and blues instrument, and he recorded prolifically during his long career. Two outstanding 1957 duets showcasing Smith with another brilliant tenor saxophonist, Lou Donaldson, have been added here as a bonus.
JIMMY SMITH, organ
STANLEY TURRENTINE, tenor sax
KENNY BURRELL, guitar
DONALD BAILEY, drums
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, April 25, 1960.
Note: Burrell is out on A2 & B2.
01 MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
02 A SUBTLE ONE
03 I’M GETTING SENTIMENTAL OVER YOU (*)
01 JUMPIN’ THE BLUES
02 WHY WAS I BORN?
03 ONE O’CLOCK JUMP
04 SUMMERTIME (*)