Smith influenced a constellation of jazz organists, of the likes of Jimmy McGriff, Brother Jack McDuff, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Joey DeFrancesco and Larry Goldings as well as rock keyboardists like Jon Lord, Brian Auger and Keith Writer. More recently, Smith influenced bands like the Beastie Boys sampled the bassline from “Root Down (and Get It)” from Root Down—and saluted Smith within the lyrics—for their own hit “Root Down. Medeski, Martin & Wood and the Hayden-Eckert Ensemble also were strongly influenced by “The Cat”. Often referred to as the father of Acid Jazz, Smith lived to see that movement return to revive Smith’s organ style.
This track, recorded in NY follows Jimmy’s concerts in Estoril, at one of the very first Jazz Festivals in Portugal. Thad Jones directs the orchestra’s stellar line up in his idiosyncratic style.
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