Soul Stream Posted March 15, 2003 Report Share Posted March 15, 2003 Saw this on another thread which suggested a peek over at the AAJ board. It said he was in the hospital with a stomach problem. This sounds like very bad news. I saw a pretty drastic deterioration in his state of health in the last 3 years or so. At 75, and with his lifestyle, I always thought he was working on borrowed time to a degree. That said, although his disposition is taciturn at best. He single-handedly created a whole genre, jazz organ. Sure, others got the ball rolling. But without Jimmy, organ would have died a not-so-slow and painful death. Make no doubt about it, he spawned an industry. Jazz clubs across America were virtually given another 10 years of life support from the soul-jazz organ genre he created in the late 50's-early 60's. To me, nobody alive embodies genius more than Jimmy Smith. To create and master a genre and style is something the rest of us mortals could only dream of. Jimmy dreamed it and lived it. Hope his dream continues. Long Live Jimmy Smith. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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