Jimmy Smith (1928-2005)
Jimmy Smith, the legend of the Hammond B-3, ruled the Hammond organ in the '50s and '60s and was still planning to perform at Yoshi's next week before he passed on yesterday. He revolutionized the B-3, showing it could be creatively used in a jazz context and Smith turned the organ into it's own ensemble, providing walking bass lines with his feet, left hand chordal accompaniment, solo lines in the right, and a booming, funky presence that punctuated every song, particularly the up-tempo cuts. With 54 records available in Rhapsody, his legacy will live on. Standout albums include Dynamic Duo (with Wes Montgomery), Back At The Chicken Shack, Organ Grinder Swing, and this year's Retrospective box set.

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