CAT # MCD-47089-25
1. Open House 4:36 2. Cyra 5:25 3. I Remember You 5:03 4. Theme From Cleopatra 2:33 5. Blues For De-De 6:57 6. Why Was I Born? 4:41 7. I Love You 5:51 8. Nica's Dream 5:30 9. Cleopatra And The African Knight 6:23 10. Bennie's Diggin' 5:44 11. Brake Through 4:35 12. Eloise 3:54 13. A Little Taste 4:34 14. Twixt The Sheets 3:53
Johnny "Hammond" Smith (1933-1997) was one of the uncrowned kings of the organ from which he took his nickname, so as to distinguish him from guitarist Johnny Smith. In 1962-63, he recorded four LPs, all of them top-notch, for Riverside, half of which are reissued here. As on the other two albums (contained in Black Coffee--Milestone MCD-47072-2), there's a winning mix of standards and blues, hard-bop, and savory soul grooves, played by two different bands. And this set, like the earlier reissue of Riverside material, features the versatile Smith either backed by a bassist (the ever-reliable Bob Cranshaw) or providing his own bass lines with the organ's pedals. On the LP Open House Smith welcomes an all-star septet featuring a front line of trumpeter Thad Jones and tenor saxist Seldon Powell, while A Little Taste is a quartet date with trumpeter Virgil Jones, tenorist Houston Person, and the little-known but fiery drummer, Luis Taylor.
with Thad Jones, Seldon Powell, Eddie McFadden, Bob Cranshaw, Leo Stevens, Ray Barretto, Arthur Taylor, Virgil Jones, Houston Person, Luis Taylor
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