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Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith single-handedly took the lumbering electric organ out of the realms of bible-thumping and chapels of rest, stuck a cold beer on the lid and frantically began pumping out the Devil’s music, like his ice-cool 1959 classic I Got A Woman.

Back At The Chicken Shack (1960) is arguably Smith’s greatest album – relentlessly grooving, harmonically sophisticated, and as earthy as the Delta mud.

Recorded on 25 April 1960, it put saxophonist Stanley Turrentine on the map, but the contributions of the elegantly economical guitarist Kenny Burrell and irresistibly funky drummer Donald Bailey are just as crucial.

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