December 13, 2010

Jimmy Smith - "The Cat"

After weeks of digging through new albums and songs for my year-end roundups, I've officially burnt myself out on pop music. Which means it's time to go back to the classics. Last night it was the psychedelic blues of The Howlin' Wolf on surprisingly pristine vinyl (thanks Dad). Today it's Jimmy Smith's The Cat. Smith, one of the all-time great organ players, helped popularize the Hammond electric with his astounding improvisatory style. This is certainly jazz music, but it burns with the wily and dexterous fervor of great rock and roll.

Jimmy Smith - "The Cat" (from The Cat)

Jimmy Smith

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