Jimmy Smith - Live In France '69. Jazz Icons Series (2009) [DVD5] Naxos
DVD-5 -> 3.97 Gb | All Regions | NTSC 4:3 | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | ISO image
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Hammond
In this 1969 concert, Jimmy Smith was still at the top of his game. Trim and dapper, his enthusiasm in his playing is obvious from the start. The camera angles give us special insight into how Jimmy Smith did the remarkable things he did. Watching his performance of -The Sermon- is indeed special. We are permitted to see the entire instrument. Watching his left hand walk the bass on the lower manual is to witness a technique he invented. When he begins the drone with his right thumb and begins to improvise with the remaining fingers, he gets fired up and deeply into the feeling. This is one great piece of jazz video.
He was a virtuoso soloist, an innovative combo leader, a best-selling recording artist and one of the four or five greatest jazz musicians of the last fifty years.