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January 4, 2010 Born in the '60s, soul-jazz is a groove-oriented style built from the bottom up. You take a strong bass line, establish a steady groove between the bass and drums, and then embellish that groove with riffs and melody lines that draw heavily from gospel, blues and R&B.
July 29, 2009 No matter how you're going to spend your time by the pool, you're going to need musical accompaniment -- preferably something that steers clear of the typical Jimmy Buffett and Beach Boys mix. How about some jazz? Not the heady stuff, unless you're aiming to clear the decks. Instead, get yourself some deep '70s jazz; the kind that leaves a funk aroma and washes off easily when you take the plunge.
July 15, 2009 After you slap some barbecue sauce on your menu items of choice — be they meat-based or sculpted out of tofu — it's time to toss everything on the grill, let the fire do its work, and get down with these grill-friendly jazz tunes.
May 4, 2009 Money is on everyone's mind right now. Maybe you're worried about your own money, worried about the state of the world economy or just relieved to have a job and a paycheck. Got the money blues? Listen to these five jazz tunes — a good investment for your ears and your soul.
September 3, 2008 Once described as an "excitement merchant" for his soul-stirring sound, keyboard wizard Jimmy Smith brought the Hammond B-3 organ from novelty status to the forefront of the jazz community through innovation and prolific recording.
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February 16, 2005 Jazz organist Jimmy Smith died last week, just as he was preparing to start touring with longtime band mate and collaborator Kenny Burrell. Felix Contreras has an appreciation of the late musician.
February 11, 2005 We note the passing of Jimmy Smith, the musician who creatively linked jazz and the Hammond B-3 organ.
February 9, 2005 Musician Jimmy Smith, who made the organ into a standard instrument in jazz, has died. Smith began his career in the early 1950s and is credited with creating the distinctive sound of "soul jazz."
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December 23, 2004 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead gives the lowdown on new jazz releases that are perfect for the music lover on your last-minute shopping list. He says that this year, there is something for every budget, from affordable classics to handsome box sets.
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August 1, 2001 In 1951, Jimmy Smith began playing the Hammond organ. Within a few years, he was considered to be THE master of the instrument. Smith also was one of the founders of the "hard bop" funk school of the 1950s. Smith's talents, including his quick agility with organ peddles, come through on this album.
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