Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Jimmy Smith "killing me softly" 45

During my OCD Jimmy Smith buying days I focused on LPs and only in the last year did I scoop up a bunch of his 45s (see previous post -it was a hit or miss experience). This was a stand out. Jimmy Smith works out on Roberta's "killing me softly". Not as lyrical on the organ as he is capable of, but he takes a less straight ahead approach that is nice. Smith and guitarist Ray Crawford dance around the edges of the familiar melody but never club it over the head.
B-Side is "Bro-pugh". This is a more traditional Jimmy Smith burner. Guitar and organ trade lines with extra percussion.
From the Paid in Full LP 1974

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