Organist Johnny "Hammond" Smith's first two albums as a leader are reissued in full on this single CD. Joined throughout by guitarist Thornel Schwartz, bassist George Tucker and drummer Leo Stevens, Smith displays a wide range of sounds, plenty of grease and the ability to jam like Erroll Garner in spots. His repertoire is wider than expected, with just five originals among the 14 numbers and plenty of bop and swing standards included in addition to the expected groovin' blues. This CD offers an excellent example of the organist's talents.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow