Jimmy Smith – Paid in Full

21 Jul

Jimmy Smith - Paid In Full DS505p front

“By 1974, not only was the face of jazz changing distinctly from whatever it was before, but the Hammond B-3 was distinctively falling out of favour among jazz listeners. It was no longer cool to play this 500-pound elephant when a variety of new, comparatively lightweight (and easier to travel) electronic keyboard sounds – from the RMI Rocksichord and Moog Synthesizer to the Farifisa organ and the Fender Rhodes – made the Hammond B-3 organ sound like your grandfather’s kind of music. Many jazz organ players made the switch to the electronic keyboards. Or they just stopped playing altogether and faded away into obscurity.

With the market shifts and lack of label interest in organ music, Jimmy Smith and his wife/manager, Lola, launched their own label, Mojo, and released a whopping two albums during 1974-75, truly the darkest days of Hammond jazz. The first of these albums, Paid In Full, is a 1974 studio session with the great Ray Crawford on guitar, Larry Gales on bass, Donald Dean on drums and Buck Clarke on percussion”.

Release: DS505p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’



4 Responses to “Jimmy Smith – Paid in Full”

  1. bigheadrascal July 26, 2015 at 15:11 #

    An enjoyable and relaxing listen. The mix uses quad very well to create a “natural” sound as I would imagine being in the studio for these performances.

  2. Owen Smith July 24, 2015 at 15:49 #

    This is great, the sort of jazz I can get into. The quad mix is simple but effective, it sounds like it’s part of the music rather than being grafted on afterwards. It places instruments generally in certain speakers but never harshly so and they fit in the layout of the ensemble. And plenty of great Hammond organ playing.

  3. jamoke July 23, 2015 at 00:54 #

    Great recording, a wonderful surprise that I didn’t know existed.
    Really fine job OD! Thx.

  4. jaypfunk July 21, 2015 at 23:14 #

    This looks good. Thanks OD!!

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