Personalities | Jimmy Smith | Fifties | Jazz & Blues

(Organ, piano, 1925–2005)

Jimmy Smith, a fluent and inventive jazz improviser, is regarded as the greatest of the soul jazz organists; he essentially defined the form in his performances and recordings for Blue Note in the 1950s. His adoption of the Hammond organ to soul jazz’s combination of jazz improvisation over blues-rooted grooves opened up a new field. Smith was the genre’s most eminent practitioner, although he spawned dozens of imitators and a generation of younger players such as Joey DeFrancesco.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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