The Classic Verve Albums Collection

Format: CD
Release Date: 2/8/2019
Label: Enlightenment
Availability: In Stock

Jazz pioneer and Hammond Organ's most acclaimed practitioner, Jimmy Smith bridged the gap between soul and jazz, and along with the likes of Ray Charles, forged a sound that appealed to a wide ranging cross-section of music fans during the 50s and 60s. Smith's instrument of choice, the Hammond B-3 with its unique sound and unusual range, adapted well to the genre's flexible leanings, and while Smith was far from the first jazz musician to utilise the organ - legends Count Basie and Fats Waller had both done so in an earlier era - Smith applied the instrument in such a way as to attract the mainstream; he was rewarded for this by becoming one of jazz music's household names and by having his albums fly high on the Billboard Chart in the early 1960s - an unusual feat for a jazz man. Following an impressive debut at Small's Paradise in New York, witnessed by Blue Note's Alfred Lyon, Jimmy Smith signed to the label, and between 1954 and 1962 he recorded more than 40 sessions for them, resulting in over 30 records. The list of albums Smith recorded for Blue Note included jazz classics such as The Sermon!, House Party, Home Cookin', Midnight Special, Back at the Chicken Shack and Prayer Meetin' among a host of others. But in 1962 Smith left Blue Note and signed with another legendary jazz organisation, Verve Records, for whom, later the same year, he recorded and released Bashin': The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith. The record was an unprecedented critical and commercial success, featuring Smith accompanied by a big band and arranged by saxophonist Oliver Nelson; a version of Elmer Bernstein's 'Walk on the Wild Side,' when released as a single, was a sizeable hit. This 4CD compilation brings together eight of Jimmy Smith's finest albums, recorded for the Verve label between 1962 and 1964.

1. Walk on the Wild Side
2. Ol' Man River
3. In a Mellow Tone
4. Step Right Up
5. Beggar for the Blues
6. Bashin'
7. I'm an Old Cowhand
8. Hobo Flats
9. Blueberry Hill
10. Walk Right In
11. Trouble in Mind
12. The Preacher
13. Meditation
14. I Can't Stop Loving You
15. You Came a Long Way from St. Louis
16. The Ape Woman
17. Georgia on My Mind
18. G'Won Train
19. Theme from Any Number Can Win
20. What'd I Say
21. The Sermon
22. Ruby
23. Tubs
24. Blues for C.A.
25. Blue Bash
26. Travelin'
27. Fever
28. Blues for Del
29. Easy Living
30. Soft Winds
31. Kenny's Sound
32. I Got a Woman
33. Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey
34. The Champ
35. If I Were a Bell
36. Theme from "Joy House"
37. The Cat
38. Basin Street Blues
39. Main Title from "The Carpetbaggers"
40. Chicago Serenade
41. St. Louis Blues
42. Delon's Blues
43. Blues in the Night
44. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
45. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Pt. 1
46. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Pt. 2
47. John Brown's Body
48. Wives and Lovers
49. Women of the World
50. Bluesette
51. Baby's It's Cold Outside
52. We Three Kings
53. The Christmas Song
54. White Christmas
55. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
56. Silent Night
57. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
58. Jingle Bells
Album Details
Disc Count: 4
Total Length: 00:00
UPC: 823564030180