Album Review

Smith, Jimmy – “Cat Strikes Again, The” – [Inner City]

Cousin Mary   2/9/2010   CD, Jazz

To long-time fans of jazz organ and Jimmy Smith, this album might be somewhat unexpected. Some of the tunes were composed and arranged by Lalo Schifrin who is well known for his movie and TV scores so some tracks have a cinematic sound. Rather than rely on the organ-guitar-drum-trio standard, an orchestra backs some tracks. Smith is playing a German-made Wersi organ Saturn W3T but it is a good stand-in for the beloved Hammond B-3. Frequently funky, but not always, sometimes dated but often fresh.

Long live jazz organ!

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