Jimmy Smith (musician)  

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James Oscar "Jimmy" Smith (December 8, 1925 or 1928 – February 8, 2005) was an American jazz musician who achieved the rare distinction of releasing a series of instrumental jazz albums that often charted on Billboard. Smith helped popularize the Hammond B-3 electric organ, creating an indelible link between 1960s soul and jazz improvisation. He is known for such compositions as "Root Down (And Get It)".


As leader

Blue Note
Milestone Records
  • 1981: All The Way Live (with Eddie Harris)
  • 1989: Prime Time
  • 1990: Fourmost Live
  • 1990: Fourmost Return
  • 1993: Sum Serious Blues'
Other labels
  • 1955: The Fantastic Jimmy Smith with Don Gardner trio
  • 1972: Newport In New York '72/The Jimmy Smith Jam, Vol.5 (Atlantic Records)
  • 1974: Black Smith (Pride)
  • 1974: Paid in Full (Mojo)
  • 1975: '75 (Mojo)
  • 1976: Sit on It! (Mercury)
  • 1977: It's Necessary (Mercury)
  • 1978: Unfinished Business (Mercury)
  • 1980: The Cat Strikes Again (Laserlight)
  • 1980: Second Coming (Mojo)
  • 1982: Off the Top (Elektra)
  • 1983: Keep on Comin' (Elektra)
  • 2001: Black Cat/Daybreak (Castle)

As sideman

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