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Jimmy Smith – Dot Com Blues (2001 FLAC)

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Jimmy Smith - Dot Com Blues (2001 FLAC)

Jimmy Smith – Dot Com Blues (2001 FLAC)

Artist: Jimmy Smith
Album: Dot Com Blues
Release/Reissue: 2001
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Big Band

01. Only In It For The Money
02. 8 Counts For Rita
03. Strut
04. C C Rider
05. I Just Wanna Make Love To You
06. Mood Indigo
07. Over & Over
08. Three O’Clock Blues
09. Dot Com Blues
10. Mr. Johnson
11. Tuition Blues

On his first album in more than five years, Jimmy Smith, who turned 75 shortly before the release date, attempts the soul-jazz version of what Santana did on Supernatural — heavily featuring guest stars in an attempt to broaden his appeal. The basic band consists of Smith on organ, Reggie McBride on bass guitar, and Harvey Mason on drums, but this trio is never featured alone, although four tracks feature the trio joined only by guitarist Russell Malone — “C C Rider,” “Mood Indigo” (with John Clayton replacing McBride on acoustic bass), and two new Smith originals, the title track and “Tuition Blues.” (On a fifth song, a remake of Smith’s “8 Counts for Rita,” the quartet is joined by percussionist Lenny Castro.) Not surprisingly, these are the most jazz-oriented performances on the album. The rest of the disc takes a blues turn, with Dr. John contributing vocals and piano on his own composition, the lead-off track “Only in It for the Money”; Taj Mahal singing and playing guitar on his own “Strut”; Etta James singing the Muddy Waters hit “I Just Wanna Make Love to You”; Keb’ Mo’ taking guitar and vocal duties on his composition “Over & Over”; and B.B. King doing the same on his old favorite “Three O’Clock Blues.” Thus, half the album is given over to guest stars who sing, making this the most vocal-dominated album ever released under Jimmy Smith’s name. As a consequence, it is also something of a blues sampler with Smith playing a prominent role rather than a Jimmy Smith album. Jazz fans will be happy to know that, after more than 40 years of recording, Smith retains his ability to play, but Dot Com Blues is anything but a showcase for the man whose name is on the cover.

Jimmy Smith – organ
Dr. John – vocals, acoustic & Wurlitzer electric pianos
B.B. King, Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’ – vocals, guitar
Etta James, “Sweet Pea” Atkinson, Sir Harry Bowen – vocals
Herman Riley, Joe Sublett – tenor saxophone
Darrell Leonard, Oscar Brashear, Leslie Drayton – trumpet, flugelhorn
George Bohanon, Maurice Spears – trombone, bass trombone
Chris Stainton – piano
Jon Cleary – Wurlitzer electric piano
John Porter – guitar, electric bass
Russell Malone, Phil Upchurch, Neil Hubbard – guitar
John Clayton – acoustic bass
Reggie McBride, Pino Palladino – electric bass
Harvey Mason, Andy Newark – drums
Lenny Castro – percussion