Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Blue Note specials

New additions to the PJ library; Blue Note issued all three of these albums in 1958:

Jimmy Smith
"The Sermon!" (1958)


The 20-minute title track is a tribute to the great Horace Silver, and the two other tracks groove along in classic Smith style. The Hammond B3 never sounded so good.

Sonny Clark
Cool Struttin' (1958)


Saxman Jackie McLean serves as a perfect foil to Clark's often understated playing style, with Art Farmer and Philly Joe Jones holding their own. Highlight: the Latin-tinged "Sippin' At Bells," a Miles Davis composition.

Lou Donaldson
Blues Walk (1958)


All Music Guide calls this Donaldson's "undisputed masterpiece," showcasing Donaldson's Bird-like ferocity while remaining accessible, in part through the subtle use of the added percussion provided by the congas of Ray Barretto.