Smith, Jimmy - Bashin'Vendor: Speakers Corner Records
NEW VINYL LP ON SPEAKERS CORNER RECORDS
180 GRAM VINYL
Rumor has it that Creed Taylor enticed organist Jimmy Smith to leave Blue Note and change to the Verve label by means of a very large fistful of dollars. One things is clear, however, that Jimmy Smith never revealed a single word about this delicate matter, but it is also clear that the whole concept of his music took on new dimensions when he changed over to his new backer. Recordings with Wes Montgomery were just the beginning; large ensembles, superb arrangements by Oliver Nelson, and fine contributions by his soloists created a magnificent background for the 'new' Jimmy Smith on this and subsequent LPs.
Despite its title, Bashin’, there is absolutely nothing to criticize on this LP. The A side presents the new concept: a wonderful, swinging background against which Jimmy Smith can develop his full potential. Oliver Nelson’s light and airy arrangements further enhance the standard themes: soloists are never confined within set limits but are gently guided; the riffs are presently precisely and cleanly, without ever sounding overloaded.
1. Walk On the Wild Side
2. Ol' Man River
3. In a Mellotone
4. Step Right Up
5. Beggar For the Blues
7. I'm An Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande)