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3 hours ago, JSngry said:

Pretty sure that the artists in that series signed a release with the radio network that allowed for recording for future use, although that meant rebroadcast or releasing a record, I'm not sure.

That may be true, but if an artist was under contract to a record label, the owner of the recording would have to get permission to release this for it to be legal. I believe that technically, the artist's label owns the rights to release it.

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here, sure. not sure about there.

It's a Grey area to be sure. But enough money can clear it all up, witness miles.

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Thanks for mentioning the "Baby Grand" live date. I´ve almost forgotten about it and spinned it yesterday. Jimmy Smith always brings a big smile to my face. What a wealth of music, that incredible latin section of "Caravan", that heavy sound on the ballads, the fingerbusting uptempos and that cute medium-tempo tunes with a bit of Errol Garner-fealing.....

 

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5 hours ago, Gheorghe said:

Thanks for mentioning the "Baby Grand" live date. I´ve almost forgotten about it and spinned it yesterday. Jimmy Smith always brings a big smile to my face. What a wealth of music, that incredible latin section of "Caravan", that heavy sound on the ballads, the fingerbusting uptempos and that cute medium-tempo tunes with a bit of Errol Garner-fealing.....

 

Just to underline the appeal of Jimmy Smith at the time, if the record reviews in early 60s copies of the Bulletin du Hot Club de France are anything to go by, Jimmy Smith was one of those jazzmen commonly ranked under "modern jazz" that even inveterate anti-bop moldy fig Hugues Panassié really approved of (Erroll Garner was another one, BTW). ;)

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On 6/14/2018 at 6:51 PM, Late said:

Serious question — first, look at all the extra material from the live At "Club Baby Grand" recording dates. Has any of it, outside of the two volumes released, ever seen the light of day? I'm a little surprised that Cuscuna didn't make it available when the U.S. discs were reissued. Perhaps the Japanese market, for Blue Note's 90th anniversary, will see fit to dig into the vaults. (Or maybe tapes don't exist anymore. That would be a shame.) Thoughts?

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25 tracks were recorded in total (in one night). 8 were issued.

Please, somebody purchase these before I do (again). A good price for amazing music.

:bwallace:

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Ok, done, or at least attempted. We'll see tomorrow.

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There is a Jimmy Smith 5 Original Albums set (I think the title should include "vol. 2"), which includes Home Cookin', Crazy! Baby, Midnight Special, Back at the Chicken Shack and Softly as a Summer Breeze.

https://www.amazon.com/5-Original-Albums-CD/dp/B079229SL9/

What do you folks think of these albums?  Are these as good as his Verve albums (which I think were recorded soon after)?

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4 hours ago, GA Russell said:

There is a Jimmy Smith 5 Original Albums set (I think the title should include "vol. 2"), which includes Home Cookin', Crazy! Baby, Midnight Special, Back at the Chicken Shack and Softly as a Summer Breeze.

https://www.amazon.com/5-Original-Albums-CD/dp/B079229SL9/

What do you folks think of these albums?  Are these as good as his Verve albums (which I think were recorded soon after)?

Personally, I like all of these records better than anything on Verve. No fancy production or arrangements, no singing, no gimmickry - just unadulterated playing, impeccably recorded. "Back at the Chicken Shack" is a desert island disc.

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On 14.6.2018 at 3:51 AM, Late said:

Serious question — first, look at all the extra material from the live At "Club Baby Grand" recording dates. Has any of it, outside of the two volumes released, ever seen the light of day? I'm a little surprised that Cuscuna didn't make it available when the U.S. discs were reissued. Perhaps the Japanese market, for Blue Note's 90th anniversary, will see fit to dig into the vaults. (Or maybe tapes don't exist anymore. That would be a shame.) Thoughts?
25 tracks were recorded in total (in one night). 8 were issued.

Please note that the unissued tracks are makred"rejected" in the source you linked - this makes it very unlikely they still exist. If there was any usable material from these sessions, Cuscuna would have used it.

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17 hours ago, Late said:

Please, somebody purchase these before I do (again). A good price for amazing music.

:bwallace:

 

15 hours ago, JSngry said:

Ok, done, or at least attempted. We'll see tomorrow.

Yes, done. If it had been any easier, I would have paid somebody!

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15 hours ago, Stereojack said:

Personally, I like all of these records better than anything on Verve. No fancy production or arrangements, no singing, no gimmickry - just unadulterated playing, impeccably recorded. "Back at the Chicken Shack" is a desert island disc.

Yup. All of records in that BN set are stone classics. 

But I love JS's Verves too. They're just a bit less consistent. 

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1 hour ago, HutchFan said:

Yup. All of records in that BN set are stone classics. 

But I love JS's Verves too. They're just a bit less consistent. 

For the most part, the Verve's are just very different.  The few straight ahead dates he did on Verve are quite good.

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I first heard Jimmy on a used LP of "Back At The Chicken Shack". The cover looked like it had been dropped in the head, but the disk was fine. I was amazed to hear that he played his own bass line - I had never heard him before.

His sessions with horns are excellent, of course. For me, the best session is the one that produced that LP. I have tended to avoid his recordings with his regular trio: there are a few performances that are nice, but not very exciting.

But then, I decided to go through the 1956 trio sessions. I hit the Baby Grand live date. Well, what a shock! "The Preacher" is the most amazing thing I have ever heard him do. It is Jimmy all the way, baring his soul. He is a Smithophone player, an orchestra unto himself (as with Fats Waller). This is soo intense. I love it when he plants his right thumb on an F (and a C or an A flat) and holds it while playing with his other fingers. This is what Frank Wolff heard when he first heard Jimmy at Small's in Harlem: a room filled with this incredible noise. Frank signed him immediately, and then Rudy worked out a way to record the thing.

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