All Soul - Johnny Hammond - The Best Of Johnny "Hammond" Smith For Lovers (Vinyl, LP)

Label: Prestige - PR7777 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation • Country: US • Genre: Jazz • Style: Soul-Jazz
All Soul - Johnny Hammond - The Best Of Johnny "Hammond" Smith For Lovers (Vinyl, LP)

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Smith became known as Johnny 'Hammond' Smith in the mids as he emerged as an organ player, to avoid confusion with the guitarist John Smith, and the more famous organist Jimmy Smith. He dropped the Smith part of his name when he signed for the Kudu label in Smith played with Paul Williams and Chris Columbo before forming his own group.

Actually nicknamed after his instrument, Johnny "Hammond" Smith was perhaps one of the more underrated soul-jazz organists of the style's heyday. Born John Robert Smith in Louisville, KY, on Decem, Smith began learning piano as a child, idolizing Bud Powell and Art Tatum early on.

John Robert "Johnny Hammond" Smith (Decem – June 4, ) was an American soul jazz and hard bop organist. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, he was a renowned player of the Hammond B-3 organ so earning "Hammond" as a nickname, which also avoided his being confused with jazz guitarist Johnny : Decem, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.

This is really just middle of the road Hammond B-3 stuff here. Most of the songs are mid-tempo bluesy type numbers. Johnny Hammond Smith's playing is versitale enough at this speed that you don't get bored (like you do with say, Don Patterson). Still there's little that makes this record stand out from the 30 or 40 other B3 records I own/5(3).

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