Tenderly - Jimmy Smith - Kind Of Smith
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Jimmy Smith, who made the Hammond organ one of the most popular sounds in jazz beginning in the mid's, died on Tuesday at his home in Phoenix.
He was He died of unspecified natural causes, said his Tenderly - Jimmy Smith - Kind Of Smith and former manager, Michael Ward, who also said that his age of 76 was based on his birth certificate and not the birth date found in most reference books. Before Jimmy Smith, the electric organ had been nearly a novelty in jazz; it was he who made it an important instrument in Whatever (Ferry System F Corsten Vocal Extended Mix) - Ayumi Hamasaki - Whatever genre and influenced nearly every subsequent notable organist in jazz and rock, including Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, Larry Young, Shirley Scott, Al Kooper and Joey DeFrancesco.
By -- which coincidentally was the year Hammond introduced its most popular model, the B-3 -- he had an organ trio with a new sound that would thereafter become the model for groups in what became known as "organ rooms," the urban bars up and down the East Coast specializing in precisely the kind of blues-oriented, swinging, funky music that Mr.
Smith epitomized. He continued touring and recording until just before his death. Born inMr. Smith grew up in a musical family in Norristown, Pa. He left school in the eighth grade, Kazimierska OSP - Dziady Kazimierskie - Run Dziadu Run to return, and joined the Navy at the age of When he finished his service inhe played professionally and studied music for two years on the G.
In the early 's he worked around Philadelphia, playing rhythm and blues with Don Gardner's Sonotones. Inor perhapshe met Wild Bill Davis, the organ player who pioneered the organ-trio format, at a club.
Smith asked him how long it would take to learn the organ; Davis replied that it would take years to learn the pedals alone. In Mr. Smith's retelling, the number of years varied between 4 and Playing piano at night and practicing organ during the day, Mr. Smith studied a chart of the instrument's 25 foot pedals and claimed that he played fluent walking-bass lines with his feet within three months. By he was on his way to making his new organ trio sound pervasive.
Like many other great jazz musicians, Mr. Smith insisted that the key to finding his own sound was through studying musicians who did not play his instrument.
I've always been an admirer of Charlie Parker, and I try to sound like him. I wanted that single-line sound like a trumpet, a tenor or an alto saxophone. He also made heavy use of the B-3's "percussion" sound, a circuit controlled by one of its drawbar switches that gives it a leaner tone, closer to that of a piano.
Partly through the agency of Babs Gonzalez, the singer and radio disc jockey, Mr. Smith was signed to the Blue Note label, making his Suzie Q - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Creedence Clearwater Revival albums for the label in ; some well-received gigs that year at the Cafe Bohemia in New York heightened the excitement about his new sound.
In the mid's Mr. Smith moved to Los Angeles, where Tenderly - Jimmy Smith - Kind Of Smith opened a club, Jimmy Smith's Jazz Supper Club; he played there when he could and otherwise toured in order to keep the club afloat. He married and had a family; his survivors include a son, Jimmy Jr. Smith had lived in Phoenix since January Last summer he recorded Tenderly - Jimmy Smith - Kind Of Smith to be released next week on Concord, which paired him in duets with Mr.
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