Johnny "Hammond" Smith

Black Feeling!

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Without varying his basic template that much, Smith did employ a much fuller combo for Black Feeling! than he had on his previous 1969 release, Soul Talk. While Rusty Bryant (saxes), Wally Richardson (guitar), and Bernard Purdie (drums) remained from the previous effort, Leo Johnson (tenor sax) and Virgil Jones (trumpet) beefed up the horn section. Fender bassmen Bob Bushnell and Jimmy Lewis helped nudge the music in a funkier direction. In 1996, Black Feeling! was combined with Soul Talk on a single-CD reissue, Legends of Acid Jazz.

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