Lucky Peterson. Tribute To Jimmy Smith. France 2017

Lucky Peterson. Tribute To Jimmy Smith. US 2017

American multi-instrumentalist Lucky Peterson focuses on Hammond B3 organ for this lively collection of tunes made famous by Jimmy Smith which appears ahead of his UK tour.

Peterson has a lifetime of performing on guitar and keyboards behind him with soul, blues and R&B legends such as Willie Dixon, Etta James, Bobbie Bland and Mavis Staples, as well as leading his own groups. For his latest recordings on the French Jazz Village label he has chosen to feature the music of organ legend Jimmy Smith, mostly self-penned, some dozen or so years after Smith’s death. The basis of the band is (of course) a strong organ trio, with Peterson joined by Herlin Riley on drums and the unfortunately (and entirely inappropriately) named young American guitarist Kelyn Crapp.

The repertoire will be familiar to Smith enthusiasts and indeed anyone with an interest in organ jazz.  The lolloping groove of Night Train, which opens the album, feels like being enveloped in a warm and generous towelling dressing gown by a warm fire, so comfortable does it feel.  On this and the other numbers, Peterson wisely resists the temptation to generate excitement by going for fast tempos, instead letting the bounce and shuffle of the rhythm section do the work.  The Sermon is similarly unrushed, with some fancy footwork from Riley moving the pulse around.  The band’s take on Misty, more closely associated with Smith’s rival Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes, starts at a very measured pace before neatly doubling up for the solos.

Album Reviews: 

  • AllMusic: The Album begins with the Jimmy Forrest classic `Night Train’ which settles into an easy groove. The tempo is faster than the original but not quite as up tempo as the Jimmy Smith/Wes Montgomery version. This album is a must have for fans of Jimmy Smith or Lucky…
  • All About Jazz: This album is a must have for fans of Jimmy Smith or Lucky…
  • London Jazz: Taken all in all this well-executed CD is both a great tribute to Jimmy Smith and a reminder of how organ jazz is one of the distinctive sub-genres of this music, combining some of the shake and rattle of rock & roll with the grunt of blues and the dexterity of jazz.

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Artist              :Lucky Peterson Blues Band
Album            :Tribute To Jimmy Smith

Released        : Oct, 15, 2017
Label               :Jazzbook Records ‎– JV 3357

Country          :France
Lucky Peterson Blues Band ‎
Herlin Riley- Drums
Kelyn Crapp – Guitar
Lucky Peterson- Organ, Vocals
Archie Shepp- Tenor Sax
Nicolas Folmer- Trumpet

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