Since 1956 the Hammond B3 organ has changed the way jazz music has been played, perceived, and composed, thanks to the legendary pioneer Jimmy Smith. He is the crowned king of the Hammond B-3 without question.
So what happens when several jazz luminaries gather together to enjoy each other’s company? Magic by default, what else? Stanley Turrentine (tenor sax), Kenny Burrell (guitar), and Grady Tate (drums), kept crossing each others paths during their careers, often enough to form a musical collaboration called "Fourmost." On "Foursmost Return-Live At Fat Tuesday’s in New York City" the foursome makes their way through seven superb jazz and blues compositions. In 1990 these acclaimed artist got together at Fat Tuesday’s and subsequently an album was released. Now, for the first time, seven additional tracks from the archives have been added for your listening pleasure.
Ellington’s "Mood Indigo" is a lovely piece when any good group of jazz musicians play it, and this version is exceptionally rich in texture and flavor from Smith’s blues enhanced jazz textbook. "Back At The Chicken Shack" is the idyllic jazz n’ blues song that will give you instant happy feet. "Ain’t She Sweet" is an indulgence for the star of the show, and a rare occasion. Mr. Smith joyfully adds his raspy vocal delivery to the number, and much to the delight of his audience. The ballad "Laura" has a bluesy lounge appeal to it; I realize that it’s a well known ballad and I mean no disrespect at all by recognizing those variables that come into play during the composition. It’s actually an esteemed observation on my behalf of Smith and the entire bands flexibility within the jazz idiom.
If you’re a real jazz fan you will have a copy of this in your hands right after you read this or any other review. This is a delightfully entertaining music that is a genuine time capsule of jazz for the ages. God bless the Fantasy vaults.