Jimmy Smith – Midnight Special


The name Jimmy Smith is practically synonymous with jazz organ, and albums such as Midnight Special are part of the reason. Of course, there is Smith’s legendary gospel- and blues-rooted style and brilliant bebop chops, present on Midnight Special in ample doses. Also, one could not ask for a better band: Donald Bailey, one of Smith’s regular drummers; Kenny Burrell on guitar; and Stanley Turrentine on tenor sax. As great as Smith is, it’s Turrentine’s lusciously rich tenor tone and big bluesy honks that makes┬áMidnight Special such a true joy. (Burrell’s burr, elegant guitar isn’t too shabby either.) In the end, this album is simply a party waiting to happen, for fans of Smith and soul-jazz alike.

Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Jimmy Allen Smith (organ); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Donald Bailey (drums).


01. Midnight Special
02. A Subtle One
03. Jumpin’ The Blues
04. Why Was I Born
05. One O’clock Jump

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4 Responses to “Jimmy Smith – Midnight Special”

  1. Majax says:

    this stuff is so dope !

  2. Paco's brother says:

    Jazz which goes straight to the point!

  3. Andrew says:

    No one played the Hammond B-3 Organ quite like Jimmy Smith. He was a master at the intricacies of Soul-Jazz, and this could very well be his greatest triumph.

    A wonderful album.

  4. kMP says:

    Hell yeah

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