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Monday, February 11, 2013


"Funky Broadway" is one of those jams that is pretty much guaranteed to be excellent no matter who's whipping it out, and on this cut Jimmy Smith takes it to a whole other level. The drumming (probably Bernard Purdie) practically invents the sound of (German pioneers) CAN as well, and is nicely capped off with an amazing guitar solo by Eric Gale. All the while Smith blocks out some chords on his Hammond organ that basically make the smoke pour out of the speakers.

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.

from 1967...


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