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Although he began as a pianist, the great Jimmy Smith (1925-2005) switched to organ after hearing Wild Bill Davis in 1953. Smith’s unparalleled skills with the Hammond helped to popularize the electric organ as a jazz and blues instrument, and he recorded prolifically during his long career. Bashin’ was Smith’s debut for Verve, a label that he would record for extensively during 1963-1972. On part of the program he is joined by a big band arranged by Oliver Nelson, in what was their first collaboration Never on records. “Walk on the Wild Side” became Smith’s biggest hit up to that point. The rest of the album showcased Smith in a trio setting.
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, March 26 (A3,A4 & B3) & March 28 (A1,A2,A5,B1,B2 & B4), 1962.