These 1957 sessions were the first Jimmy Smith did with horns after his recording debut the previous year. With the calibre of the top-rank musicians involved – Smith, the first to translate Bird’s innovations to the organ, altoist Donaldson, the blues-drenched Bird follower, and both Mobley and Byrd contributing some thoughtful blowing of their own on tenor and trumpet respectively - the overall results were rewarding.
DONALD BYRD, trumpet
LOU DONALDSON, alto sax
HANK MOBLEY, tenor sax
JIMMY SMITH, organ
EDDIE McFADDEN, guita
ART BLAKEY, DONALD BAILEY (only on track 2) , drums
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey.
on February 11, 12 & 13, 1957.
01. Falling in Love with Love
02. How High the Moon
03. Funk’s Oats
04. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
05. I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
06. Groovy Date (Mobley)