2/11/2005 05:14:00 AM|||Geoffrey Balasoglou|||The jazz great Jimmy Smith died on the 8th of February 2005. The news saddened me deeply, as I considered him to be one of the finest jazz organist in jazz. When he was in peak form, and with the right backing band Jimmy was hard to be beaten, he had a true understanding of the organ. I have chosen a ballad as my tribute to him. It seems fitting to illustrate Smith's more delicate and subtle side, a side that is often forgotten amidth the appreciation of his more upbeat compositions/performances. "Bayou" is a Jimmy Smith composition that was featured one of his very first albums "The Champ" recorded in 1956 (the same year he was discovered by Blue Note owner Alfred Lion). It is a beautiful and soulful slow downbeat ballad. Jimmy Smith is backed by a fine band, that includes an obscure but excellent guitarist named Thornel Schwartz, and his regular drummer Donald Bailey. (Sadly "The Champ" is out of print)

Hope you enjoy the piece, it is one of his most moving.



Jimmy Smith - Bayou

PS. I'll be returning to pre-war jazz shortly.

|||110812361444764622|||Farewell Jimmy Smith2/11/2005 11:12:53 AM|||dieblucasdie|||We lost Tyrone Davis yesterday as well. RIP.2/11/2005 04:42:54 PM|||Taxi Driver|||RIP Jimmy Smith.2/12/2005 12:14:55 AM|||darío|||I´m a big fan of his music... His talent won´t be beaten... I´m quite sure of that...
His mood, tempo is unique... A great loss IMHO for humanity, and even bigger for the jazz history...
Lion, you will be in my ears... forever!...
From Buenos Aires, Dario2/19/2005 10:52:08 PM|||Anonymous|||fOR some 30 years, we Lola, Jimmy and I had great times together. Some friendships never leave your heart. The was one such friendship.

signed Pearl thornton2/20/2005 06:48:24 PM|||MGG|||Lucky to see Jimmy perform in Manchester UK some years back. Fond memories, keep on playing Jimmy wherever you are !3/7/2005 05:24:47 AM|||Anonymous|||The first jazz piece I heard from him is,"The Sermon".He was one of the great ones to the music world.