Johnny "Hammond" Smith was part of the golden age of jazz organ that flourished for about 15 years, beginning in the mid-1950s. His own record label alone, Prestige, boasted such top organists as Shirley Scott, Brother Jack McDuff, Don Patterson, and Charles Earland. And looming over the entire crowded field of B-3 pilots was Jimmy Smith (no relation). Though not as well known as Jimmy, Johnny "Hammond" Smith (1933-1997) consistently scored on record, including the two LPs joined here. Recorded about three years apart, they're a mini-chronicle of developments in the organ-tenor-guitar field, from straight-ahead blues to boogaloos. In tenorists Willis "Gator Tail" Jackson and the then-up-and-coming Houston Person (who on the second half of this disc shares the sax slot with Earl Edwards), uncrowned organ king Smith drew a pair of aces, and ex-Jimmy Smith guitarist Eddie McFadden does his gritty-toned thing during this set's first half.
with Earl Edwards, John Harris, Willis Jackson, Eddie McFadden, Houston Person, Floyd Smith, Leo Stevens