Jimmy Smith – Off the Top (1982)

Jimmy Smith - Off the Top (1982)
Artist: Jimmy Smith
Album: Off the Top
Genre: Organ Jazz, Funk
Released: 1982
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Tracklist:
Off The Top (7:46)
Endless Love (7:11)
Mimosa (5:48)
I’ll Drink To That (7:33)
Theme From M.A.S.H. (Suicide Is Painless) (6:10)
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (3:57)
Jimmy Smith Rap (1:08)
Keep On Comin’ (Live) (12:35)
Be Yourself (Live) (8:03)
No Problem (Live) (7:28)
Callitwhachawana (Live) (8:18)

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It had been nine years since organist Jimmy Smith recorded for a major label when Bruce Lundvall approached him to make an album for Elektra Musician. Smith plays some unusual material (including Lionel Richie’s “Endless Love” and the “Theme from M.A.S.H.”) on this recording but swings everything and has a particularly strong supporting cast — guitarist George Benson, Stanley Turrentine on tenor, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Grady Tate. A fine comeback date.
Review by Scott Yanow

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