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Godfrey Arthur


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Post  Posted 8 Apr 2019 11:36 am    
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Since the old forum had a thread when Jimmy Smith died, and wanting to share a song that I really liked that was on his The Other Side Of Jimmy Smith, and with Michel Legrand passing this year last January 26, a tune written by Legrand and done beautifully on the Hammond organ by JOS, Nobody Knows thought I'd make this thread in honor of both these great musicians.

The Bergmans, Alan and Marilyn wrote the lyrics to the song.

Was wondering if anyone played this on steel and then Jimmy's thread popped up, now closed on the old forum.

https://steelguitarforum.com/Forum10/HTML/004893.html

It was interesting to read the posts, some by those who were in the same circles as JOS and some who were even signed to Blue Note. Which keeps me impressed that so many on this list are heavyweights in many genres.

I bought this album when it first came out.

And this is my favorite song by JOS.

Although some purists will balk at the fact that JOS didn't play bass pedals on this as Ron Carter did the honors, JOS' treatment of the song on the Hammond is enough to overlook this. Some songs are just larger than life. And getting an electronic instrument to convey deep emotion is not always easy.

Got to see JOS in concert some years ago, 1986 Philip Morris Superband World Tour that only hit four countries.

JOS' mastery of the organ is more of what draws me to his music although I'm not a jazz performer, I do play organ and listen to JOS often as someone to admire.

Nobody Knows by JOS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JysllLkp_UY


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Pete Bailey


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Post  Posted 9 Apr 2019 9:29 am    
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Jimmy Smith was such a phenomenal player.

One of my favorite albums is "Jimmy Smith Plays Pretty Just For You" from 1957.

His take on "Jitterbug Waltz" is just sublime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPjGynCFUuI

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Godfrey Arthur


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Post  Posted 9 Apr 2019 11:37 am    
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Pete Bailey wrote:
Jimmy Smith was such a phenomenal player.

One of my favorite albums is "Jimmy Smith Plays Pretty Just For You" from 1957.

His take on "Jitterbug Waltz" is just sublime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPjGynCFUuI



First time to hear this song and about this album, Pete.

The bar settings are different than what I'm used to hearing of JOS. And it was recorded by Van Gelder looks to be at Van Gelder's parent's house, an earlier recording.


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Tony Glassman


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Post  Posted 9 Apr 2019 12:26 pm    
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I’ve always loved jazz Hammond players like Jimmy, Jack MacDuff & Groove Holmes. Part of my attraction to Curly Chalker’s steel playing was that it seemed so Hammond—esque.
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Godfrey Arthur


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Post  Posted 9 Apr 2019 8:58 pm    
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Tony Glassman wrote:
I’ve always loved jazz Hammond players like Jimmy, Jack MacDuff & Groove Holmes. Part of my attraction to Curly Chalker’s steel playing was that it seemed so Hammond—esque.


Tony, I think it follows if JOS is in the listening rack Mcduff and Holmes are as well.

Would also need to include Jimmy McGriff JOS' childhood friend.

Not surprised to find that steelers gravitate towards Hammond organists. And that adding organ sounds via an organ simulator pedal to a psg rig has started to bloom.

I always wanted to get into steel but it didn't happen early on but later in life. Started on Hammond.

Perhaps part of the attraction is that both instruments are complicated but sound so inviting.

Curly was fond of running his steel through a Leslie. His popping, bubbly jazz style is reminiscent of the keyboard moves of these jazz organist greats.

Chalker blended country with jazz in a ground breaking way.







Jack McDuff

Groove Holmes

Jimmy McGriff

Curly Chalker
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Donny Hinson


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Post  Posted 11 Apr 2019 6:48 am    
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This was always my favorite Jimmy Smith piece...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt4Q5oqlz8o

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Godfrey Arthur


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Post  Posted 11 Apr 2019 7:12 am    
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Donny Hinson wrote:
This was always my favorite Jimmy Smith piece...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt4Q5oqlz
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The Champ is a fave as well.

Couldn't view the clip from the link you posted Donny, maybe blocked where I am so here's a live version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9asya4Q7BQ
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Craig Stock


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Post  Posted 12 Apr 2019 4:43 pm    
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I was lucky to be see Jimmy Smith towards the end of his career at a local club, and before that McGriff at local outdoor festival with Bernard Purdie and Fathead Newman. McGriff was very nice and was entranced by my young daughters blue eyes. One of my faves is also ` the mighty burner' Charles Earland. Great stuff!
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Godfrey Arthur


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Post  Posted 12 Apr 2019 9:32 pm    
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Craig Stock wrote:
I was lucky to be see Jimmy Smith towards the end of his career at a local club, and before that McGriff at local outdoor festival with Bernard Purdie and Fathead Newman. McGriff was very nice and was entranced by my young daughters blue eyes. One of my faves is also ` the mighty burner' Charles Earland. Great stuff!


Lots of tracks for Earland, large catalog in fact.

Can't seem to find any live video of him playing.

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Aaron Johnson


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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2019 4:37 am    
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Organ Grinder Swing is my favorite JOS album. With Kenny Burrell and Grady Tate, that was one hell of a trio.
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Godfrey Arthur


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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2019 5:34 am    
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Organ Grinder Swing is my favorite JOS album. With Kenny Burrell and Grady Tate, that was one hell of a trio.


When I saw JOS live it was with Grady, Kenny, James Moody,
Jon Faddis and Barbara Morrison on vocals.

Does anyone know what's being mumbled on the Organ Grinder's Swing track?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuqW-wUZ8V4
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Tony Glassman


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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2019 7:56 am    
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Two of my organ faves :

“Rock Candy” by Bro. Jack McDuff
“I Wish You Love” by Billy Hawkes
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Aaron Johnson


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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2019 9:45 am    
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Godfrey Arthur wrote:
Aaron Johnson wrote:
Organ Grinder Swing is my favorite JOS album. With Kenny Burrell and Grady Tate, that was one hell of a trio.


When I saw JOS live it was with Grady, Kenny, James Moody,
Jon Faddis and Barbara Morrison on vocals.

Does anyone know what's being mumbled on the Organ Grinder's Swing track?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuqW-wUZ8V4


I’ve always wondered the same. No matter how close I attempt to listen, I can’t make it out.

That must have been one hell of a show!
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Bill McCloskey


Post  Posted 13 Apr 2019 10:08 am    
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There is a great track with jimmy smith and Lee Morgan where Morgan won't stop Soloing and Smith basically lays on the keys to get him to shut up.
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Godfrey Arthur


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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2019 6:24 pm    
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Bill McCloskey wrote:
There is a great track with jimmy smith and Lee Morgan where Morgan won't stop Soloing and Smith basically lays on the keys to get him to shut up.


Bill, bringing up Morgan it opened up about his life.

The track is on The Sermon album.

#2- J.O.S. ? Jimmy plays this "beep-beep" loud high-drawbar tone during Morgan's solo.






Lee Morgan (his partner, Helen, who tried to clean him up from heroin) touted the best jazz trumpet player of the 20th century.

Reminds me of what happened to Pappalardi.



Lou Donaldson was on this album. I saw Lou in a club in Marina del Rey. He had a smoking organist with him then.


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Godfrey Arthur


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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2019 7:20 pm    
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Tony Glassman wrote:
Two of my organ faves :

“Rock Candy” by Bro. Jack McDuff
“I Wish You Love” by Billy Hawkes


Tony thanks for mentioning these two songs.

Wish You Love was on Billy's The New Genius Of The Blues album.

Billy not only played organ with a similar tone quality to JOS but he sang as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87y2ppLmko8



Not a lot of info on Billy and he seems to have had disappeared.


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