It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon. I mean, I’ve already managed to crawl out of bed for a 45k bike ride, fast-forwarded through two stages of the Tour de France, taken the girls out for breakfast and now … I’m being lazy.
Ir also just so happens, that I also have the perfect lazy weekend music to listen to, ‘Respect’ by Jimmy Smith.
I found this at the Glendale Goodwill in St. Catharines for a dollar.
Now, usually, they’re just a quarter or fifty cents but now … a whole “doll-ah”!
I know ma brutha’s and sista’s!
Da timez be gettin’ hard for Goodwill Hunting, amiright?
Fortunately, even at the lofty $1.00 price tag it was still a good purchase.
And not just for the cover depicting Jimmy going all Bruce Lee n’ shit either, when Jimmy moved from Blue Note to Verve in the 1960’s the nature of his recordings changed in several ways. One way they changed is that he was often backed by a big band; another way they changed is that he was often asked to record jazz versions of currently popular songs. The music on this album clearly demonstrates the second of these points.
However, regardless of the material, Jimmy Smith was still Jimmy Smith = funky, blues-drenched, soulful. ‘Respect’, recorded on the 2nd and 14th of June 1967, features a funky Smith digging into Joe Zawinul’s ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy‘ made famous by Cannonball Adderley; Otis Redding‘s ‘Respect’; ‘Funky Broadway’ made popular by Wilson Pickett; Allen Toussaint‘s medium-tempo blues ‘Get Out of My Life‘ (which reminds me of ‘Got My Mojo Workin’‘); and Jimmy’s own 31 minute up-tempo blues funker-upper ‘T-Bone Steak‘.
The album was actually recorded with Jimmy fronting two groups: one consisting of Eric Gale (guitar), Ron Carter (bass), and Grady Tate (drums); the other consisting of Thornel Schwartz (guitar), Bob Bushnell (bass), Bernard Purdy (drums). The liner notes do not distinguish which group plays on which tracks. I am no expert on bass or drums; however, based on the sound and style of the guitar and based on the master numbers, I guess that the Schwartz-Bushnell-Purdy group plays on ‘Mercy‘ and ‘Funky Broadway‘, with the other tracks featuring the Gale-Carter-Tate group.
I’m just wagering a guess though.
Also on the plus side for this album is that it’s the perfect choice for Day 10 of my ‘31 Day Record Challenge‘ (Part 2); ‘An album from the greatest period in history – 1967! …’
Sure I could have gone with any of the other amazing and predictable 1967 powerhouse albums (click HERE), but this is one of those more seldom regarded choices and, hey, being the unique and beautiful snowflake I am … that suits me fine.