Thursday, February 10, 2005

Adieu Jimmy

Sad, isn't it, the passing of incomparable jazz organist Jimmy Smith. I saw him perform at Luther's Blues here in Madison a few years ago, and I could not stop watching his feet, which rocked back and forth hypnotically on the pedals of the Hammond B-3.

Something was wrong with Luther's B-3 that night (unsurprisingly; it's a finicky axe), and technicians fiddled with it throughout the set--as Smith was playing. He didn't miss a beat. Marvelous.

Now where did I put my Jimmy Smith CD?

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