Jimmy Smith records ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ a studio album with a big band for Verve (1964)

Jimmy Smith’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ is a studio album recorded on January 20-21 & 27, 1964 with a big band and released in March by Verve.

Track Listing : 1.Slaughter On Tenth Avenue (Richard Rodgers) – 07:06 . 2.Who’S Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Pt. 1 (Don Kirkpatrick, Keith Knox) – 04:29 . 3.Who’S Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Pt. 2 (Don Kirkpatrick, Keith Knox) – 05:00 . 4.John Brown’S Body (Traditional) – 05:18 . 5.Wives And Lovers (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 03:17 . 6.Women Of The World (Riziero Ortolani) – 05:47 . 7.Bluesette (Toots Thielemans) – 03:40

Roy de Carava

Musicians : Oliver Nelson – Arranger (#1-3) . Claus Ogerman – Arranger, Conductor

Production : Produced By Reed Taylor . Ellen Fitton – Mastering . Val Valentin – Engineer . Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer

Package : Roy de Carava asterisques RVM – Cover Photo . Hollis King – Art Direction

Recorded On January 20-21 & 27, 1964 At Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs.

Released In March 1964 By Verve.


The very best is left for last on a classic take of “Bluesette,” another waltz where the horns accent and chatter, flutes soarand Smith flies. A curiosity in his discography, for some an “experiment” that never workedand for others an interesting aside, one wonders what Smith really thought of this project after the fact, considering his far greater works. […]

Hok’s Gems
Many years later I ran across this lp, which I had not even seen, not even so much as a review. Why? Was it that shitty? By now I knew Smith has crossed over into cheese at times (re: Verve – best of). […]

Jimmy Smith’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ on RVM [Radio.Video.Music]


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