Jimmy Smith's take on Muddy Waters' by-way-of Ann Cole's immortal "Mojo" is the personification of mod-approved jazz. Smith displays his gruff-and-ready voice, and the track is practically designed for either dancing or looking sophisticated with a cocktail.
Smith was truly the king of the jazz organ; a pianist since he was a child, in his early 20's (c1953) Jimmy purchased a Hammond B3 organ, rented a warehouse space to practice and emerged a full year later with his whole new thing perfected. What a story, right?
Admittedly, my interest in jazz runs shallow ( I *am* a 45 fanatic after all, and long improvisation doesn't bode well at 3 minutes per side nor with my attention span) but the way Smith always made his music move and groove makes him stand out as someone I can truly dig. And dig often.
JIMMY SMITH - GOT MY MOJO WORKING (PART 1)