Jimmy Smith records ‘Back at the Chicken Shack’ with Kenny Burrell, Stanley Turrentine et al (1960)

Jimmy Smith’s ‘Back at the Chicken Shack’ is an album recorded on April 25, 1960 with Kenny Burrell, Stanley Turrentine & Donald Bailey and released in 1963 by Blue Note.

Track Listing : 1.Back At The Chicken Shack (Jimmy Smith) – 08:01 . 2.When I Grow Too Old To Dream (Oscar Hammerstein Ii, Sigmund Romberg) – 09:54 . 3.Minor Chant (Stanley Turrentine) – 07:30 . 4.Messy Bessie (Jimmy Smith) – 12:25

Francis Wolff

Musicians : Jimmy Smith – Organ . Kenny Burrell – Guitar . Stanley Turrentine – Tenor Saxophone . Donald Bailey – Drums

Production : Produced By Alfred Lion Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer

Package : Francis Wolff asterisques RVM – Photography . Reid Miles – Design . Ira Gitler – Liner Notes

Recorded On April 25, 1960.

Released In 1963 By Blue Note.


They all lock into their inimitable groove right across Back At The Chicken Shack and Midnight Special and both come out as genre-defining recordings, Turrentine’s gospel like yelps on the sax acting as the perfect foil to Smith and Baileys Baptist-infused rhythmic drive. […]

Smith’s popularization of the Hammond seemed almost to single-handedly bring a new level of fun to Bebop, as is felt on the first quirky notes on the title track, “Back at the Chicken Shack.” His style served as a precursor to the huge soul and funk acts of the next several decades. […]

The group reaches the peak of funky soul jazz that all other challengers of the genre would have to live up to. Included on this uptempo session is a reworking of “When I Grow Too Old to Dream” (a feature for Turrentine), Turrentine’s “Minor Chant,” two Smith compositions, […]


Jimmy Smith’s ‘Back at the Chicken Shack’



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