Jimmy Smith – The Cat (1964/2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jimmy Smith – The Cat (1964/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 32:49 minutes | 771 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters,Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | © Blue Note Records

In his years with Verve, Jimmy Smith and his jaunty jazz organ made four appearances on Billboard’s hit-singles charts with his recordings of contemporary movie themes. This album, arranged by Lalo Schifrin, features selections from two film scores (including “The Cat,” for which composer Schifrin won a Grammy), some big-band style orchestrations, and plenty of blues. In 1964 this release defied the boundaries of idiom, appealing to a huge audience of jazz, r&b, and pop fans. Screaming film noir horns frame Smith’s jaw-dropping organ runs that practically sweat emotion.

Compared to his earlier Blue Note recordings, organist Jimmy Smith’s outings for Verve are not as strong from a jazz standpoint. Certainly his renditions of the “Theme from Joy House,” “The Cat” and the “Main Title from The Carpetbaggers” are not all that significant. However, this disc has some tasteful arrangements for the big band by Lalo Schifrin and some good playing by the great organist on a variety of other blues-oriented material. Also the combination of organ with a big band is sometimes quite appealing, making this album worth picking up despite its commercial tracks.

Tracklist:
01 – Theme From Joy House
02 – The Cat
03 – Basin Street Blues
04 – Main Title From “The Carpetbaggers”
05 – Chicago Serenade
06 – St. Louis Blues
07 – Delon’s Blues
08 – Blues In The Night

Musicians:
Jimmy Smith (organ)
Ray Alonge (french horn)
Jimmy Buffington (french horn)
Kenny Burrell (guitar)
Don Butterfield (tuba)
Earl Chapin (french horn)
Jimmy Cleveland (trombone)
Bill Correa (french horn)
George Duvivier (bass)
Bernie Glow (trumpet)
Urbie Green (trombone)
Thad Jones (trumpet)
Phil Kraus (percussion)
Jimmy Maxwell (trumpet)
Marky Markowitz (trumpet)
Ernie Royal (trumpet)
Lalo Schifrin (arranger, conductor)
Tony Studd (bass trombone)
Grady Tate (drums)
Snooky Young (trumpet)

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