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Jimmy Smith

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Interviews & Profiles

Jimmy Smith

September 3, 2008 He helped bring the Hammond B-3 organ from novelty status to the forefront of the jazz community.

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February 9, 2005 Smith is credited with creating the distinctive sound of "soul jazz."

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August 1, 2001 Within a few years of his start in 1951, Jimmy Smith was considered of the master of the instrument.

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The cover of The Sermon

August 1, 2001 Within a few years of his start in 1951, Jimmy Smith was considered of the master of the instrument.

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December 23, 2004 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead gives the lowdown on 2004 jazz releases — and also a book and calendar.

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Jimmy Smith

January 4, 2010 Hear five classic examples of a groove-oriented style that's built from the bottom up.

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July 29, 2009 Hear some deep '70s jazz; the kind that leaves a funk aroma and washes off when you take the plunge.

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July 15, 2009 Toss everything on the grill and get down with these grill-friendly jazz tunes.

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May 4, 2009 Feeling broke? Listen to these five jazz tunes: a good investment for your ears and your soul.

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Retrospective

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  • Album: Retrospective
  • Artist: Jimmy Smith
  • Released: 2004
 

The Great Concert of Charles Mingus

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  • Album: The Great Concert of Charles Mingus
  • Artist: Charles Mingus
  • Released: 2004
 

Holy Ghost

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  • Album: Holy Ghost
  • Artist: Albert Ayler
  • Released: 2004
 

Worm

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  • Album: Worm
  • Artist: Jimmy McGriff
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Released: 1968
 

You've Got It Bad Girl

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  • Album: You've Got It Bad Girl
  • Artist: Quincy Jones
  • Label: Verve
  • Released: 1973
 

Live at the Bijou

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  • Album: Live at the Bijou
  • Artist: Grover Washington, Jr.
  • Label: Motown
  • Released: 1978
 

The Sermon

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  • Album: The Sermon
  • Artist: Jimmy Smith