Jimmy Smith – Root Down (1972)

The intoxicating, sweaty atmosphere of The Bombay Bicycle Club in Los Angeles on the evening of February 8, 1972 is faultlessly trapped forever on this excellent live release by Hammond B3 maestro Jimmy Smith. Energised by the young street-wise musicians in his new line-up and inspired to investigate new directions in groove-saturated jazz, Smith unwittingly … Continue reading Jimmy Smith – Root Down (1972)

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Bill Evans – California Here I Come (1967)

Despite reinventing the jazz piano trio, Bill Evans was often accused of providing little more than sophisticated supper-club background music. He trades introspection for upbeat on this entertaining live set featuring the propulsive drumming of 'Philly' Joe Jones and Evans' new young bassist Eddie Gomez. This trio swings and sparkles through a varied song-list that … Continue reading Bill Evans – California Here I Come (1967)