A Date With Jimmy Smith (2 LPs on 1 CD)
  • BLP-1547 Back BLP-1547 Back
  • Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith
  • Lou Donaldson Lou Donaldson
  • Donald Byrd Donald Byrd
  • Hank Mobley Hank Mobley
  • Eddie McFadden Eddie McFadden
  • Art Blakey Art Blakey

Jimmy Smith

A Date With Jimmy Smith (2 LPs on 1 CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Jimmy Smith (org), Donald Byrd (tp), Lou Donaldson (as), Hank Mobley (ts), Eddie McFadden (g), Art Blakey, Donald Bailey (d)

Reference: FSRCD 623

These 1957 sessions were the first Jimmy Smith did with horns after his recording debut the previous year. With the calibre of the top-rank musicians involved Smith, the first to translate Birds innovations to the organ, altoist Donaldson, the blues-drenched Bird follower, and both Mobley and Byrd contributing some thoughtful blowing of their own on tenor and trumpet respectively - the overall results were rewarding.

In the rhythm section, McFaddens warm guitar offered another colour to the organ-and-horns sound, and Blakey, as always, was a force of nature on drums in this no-holds-barred meeting of modern minds.


01. Falling in Love with Love (Rodgers-Hart) 12:08
02. How High the Moon (Hamilton-Lewis) 5:56
[Only organ, guitar, and drums]
03. Funks Oats (Smith) 15:54
04. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
(Redmond-Mills-Nemo-ellington) 16:59
05. Im Getting Sentimental Over You (Washington-Bassman) 4:11 [Only organ and alto sax]
06. Groovy Date (Mobley) 13:00

Total time: 68:00 min.


Tracks #1-3 from the 12" LP
"A Date with Jimmy Smith - Vol. 1"
Blue Note BLP-1547 (81547)

Tracks #4-6 from the 12" LP
"A Date with Jimmy Smith - Vol. 2"
Blue Note BLP-1548 (81548)

Personnel on all tracks:

Donald Byrd (tp), Lou Donaldson (as), Hank Mobley (ts), Jimmy Smith (org), Eddie McFadden (g), Art Blakey, Donald Bailey (only on #2) (d).

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, on February 11, 12 & 13, 1957.

Original recordings produced by Alfred Lion
Photos by Francis Wolff
Cover design Reid Miles
Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder

This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol.

24-Bit Digitally Remastered



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