Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith's Finest Hour

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Jimmy Smith's Finest Hour gathers 11 tracks from the organist's Verve releases, ten from the period 1962-1966, and one 1995 collaboration with young lion trumpeters Roy Hargrove and Nicholas Payton. Smith thrives in diverse settings, ranging from Oliver Nelson-led big bands to small groups featuring guitarists Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery. Although this compilation is a good choice for listeners new to Smith's funky blues/jazz/gospel approach, the absence of any cuts from his fine Blue Note albums of the late '50s and early '60s keeps it from being truly representative of his finest work.

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