Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Jimmy Smith - Peter & The Wolf (1999)

Jimmy Smith - Peter & The Wolf (1999)
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Genre ~ Hard-Bop, Soul | Label ~ PolyGram/Verve

Of all of organist Jimmy Smith's big-band albums recorded for Verve, this is one of the most imaginative ones. Oliver Nelson arranged a variety of themes from Prokofiev's Peter & the Wolf into a swinging suite featuring the great organist Jimmy Smith. Although there is no verbal narrative on this LP, Nelson's liner notes tell the story (which can actually be followed through the music) and Smith pays respect to the original melodies while making strong statements of his own. A classic of its kind. ~Allmusic

01. The Bird/The Duck/The Cat/The Grandfather/The Wolf/The Hunter/Peter (4:13)
02. Duck Theme/Jimmy and the Duck/Peter's Theme/Meal Time (9:42)
03. Elegy for a Duck (7:17)
04. Cat in a Tree (5:23)
05. Capture of the Wolf (1:17)
06. Finale/Parade/Peter Plays Some Blues (4:45)

Jimmy Smith - organ
Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Richard Williams, Snooky Young - trumpets
Quentin Jackson, Tom McIntosh, Britt Woodman - trombones
Dick Hixson, Tony Studd - bass trombones
Jimmy Buffington, Willie Ruff - flugelhorn
Bob Ashton, Danny Bank, Jerry Dodgion - woodwinds
Jerome Richardson, Stan Webb, Phil Woods - woodwinds
Billy Butler, Barry Galbraith - guitars
Richard Davis - bass
Harry Breuer, Bobby Rosengarden - drums, percussions
Grady Tate - drums
Oliver Nelson - arranger, conductor

Recorded May 11-12, 1966; at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Original LP issue: Peter and the Wolf - Verve V6-8652
Original recordings produced by Creed Taylor
Original LP cover photograph by Don Ornitz
Original LP cover design by Acy R. Lehman
Liner notes by Oliver Nelson

Supervised by Bryan Koniarz
Researched and restored by Ben Young
Mastered by Cave Canem at PolyGram Studios
Production Coordinated by Tom Greenwood
Production assistance by Carlos Kase
Series art directed and designed by Sung Lee/STAIN
Package layout by SMAY VISION
Design coordinated by Suzanne White