Jimmy Smith’s 1972 Live LP Root Down is greasy, nasty and funky all the way. Recorded with his band live in Los Angeles, the occasion proved to be a watershed moment for soul/jazz/fusion. Having revolutionized the Hammond B3 and the way it’s played, this LP single-handedly sent me out seeking similar genre albums for years after first hearing it.
Related: With all the B-Boys coverage on the Drunkard the past week, here is one more (semi) related track to to add the mix. See the Beastie’s tribute/ode below off their 1994 album Ill Communication.
Video: Jimmy Smith Trio “Jazz Scene 1962 Sampler”