Saturday, March 21, 2009

Jimmy Smith - Root Down Live! (1972)

Way back when I started playing bass, this record was my first foray into the world of funky jazz music. If you are a fan of the Medeski, Martin and Wood brand of jazz, you'll probably really dig this album. You can almost hear how each member of that group was influenced by all of the members of Jimmy's band. His miraculous organ mastery stands out particularly in this live album with blazing, influential solos all over the place. When one man's uniqueness inspires an entire sub-genre, you know it's serious buisiness. The title track is, by far, my favorite but every other song deserves a chance. Get it...

  1. "Sagg Shootin' His Arrow" — 11:45
  2. "For Everyone Under the Sun" — 5:55
  3. "After Hours" — 7:51
  4. "Root Down (And Get It)" — 12:39
  5. "Let's Stay Together" (Al Green) — 6:627
  6. "Slow Down Sagg" — 10:22
  7. "Root Down (And Get It) (alternative version)" - 12:13
Root Down Live!


todd said...

I had no idea that the Beastie Boys' "Root Down" was essentially a cover song...I'm digging this a lot. Thanks!

ismateo said...

great album. "After Hours" is the shit. thanks.