Jimmy Smith: Groovin' At Smalls Paradise (Vinyl LP)
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Vinyl LP pressing. Blue Note co-founder Francis Wolff once recalled: I first heard Jimmy Smith at Smalls' Paradise in January of 1956. It was his first gig in New York. He was a stunning sight. A man in convulsions, face contorted, crouched over in apparent agony, his fingers flying, his feet dancing over the pedals. The air was filled with waves of sound I had never heard before. After discovering Smith, Alfred Lion recorded the Hammond B3 organ virtuoso no less than 14 times in 1956-57.