Jimmy Smith – Groove Drops (1970)

FrontCover1.jpgGroove Drops is a 1970 jazz album by Jimmy Smith, arranged, conducted and produced by Johnny Pate and released on the Verve label.Groove Drops is a 1970 jazz album by Jimmy Smith, arranged, conducted and produced by Johnny Pate and released on the Verve label.
On the Billboard albums chart, Groove Drops peaked at number 197, and at 13 on the top Jazz albums chart. (by wikipedia)

I love this album! It was a favorite of mine as a kid growing up in the 70’s, and revisiting it in the present day has been no less fun for me. Jimmy is in fine form on all tracks, with infectious grooves on the aptly named title track, as well as Sunny and Ode to Billie Jo. The funky backbeats heard on this album were a favorite thing for Smith. He loved that beat and used it on numerous tunes in his career. The other songs on the album, Days of Wine and Roses, Who Can I Turn To, feature gorgeous Hammond balladeering as none other was capable of quite like Jimmy Smith. Why AllMusic gave this album 2 out of 5 stars is beyond me. I’ll give it 5 any day, it’s one of my favorite albums. It showcases a great master of the Hammond organ at the top of his form. There are many great organists then and now, but this is one of Jimmy’s best albums of the 70s. (by Mark Twain)

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Personnel:
Jimmy Smith (organ)
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unknown orchestra conducted by Johnny Pate

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Tracklist:
01. Groove Drops (Smith) 4.15
02. Days Of Wine And Roses (Mancini/Mercer) 5.23
03. Sunny (Hebb) 6.01
04. Ode To Billie Joe (Gentry) 6.23
05. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) (Bricusse/Newley) 3.38
06. By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Webb) 4.40

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