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Back At The Chicken Shack

Jimmy Smith

1963

Back At The Chicken Shack

Album Summary

Back at the Chicken Shack is an album by Jimmy Smith. It was recorded in 1960 and released in 1963 on the Blue Note label. Smith recorded the album in the same session as his previous album Midnight Special. Fittingly, he wears the same red shirt on both album covers. It was cited in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

3.39

Votes

4176

Genres

  • Jazz
  • Funk
  • Blues
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I will be returning to the chicken shack

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This album was perfect for my 2nd covid vaccine fever stupor. I listened to it in the shower while getting my ass kicked by the shot, and boy did it put me in such a peaceful place. I love Jimmy's warm organ sound so much. But you know when rappers say "He got killed on his own track," when a featured artist outshines them on a song? Jimmy's saxophonist killed him big on this album. I felt like that sax dominated this album while his organ playing was kind of relegated to second chair. Not to say he isn't a fantastic organist or bandleader, but I did find myself grooving to this sax in a big way. I really love this sound, and it inspired my to seek out more music like this, so I have to give it points for inspiration.

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5

banger banger banger banger banger banger banger banger banger banger banger

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5

I don't have anything technical to say about this album. But I will say that I want to have a party. And I want there to be an impending snowstorm and the only people who show up are the ones who will brave the weather. And then the snow starts and we all go outside and marvel at how the snow twinkles in the moonlight. And then we come back inside, pour mugs of mulled wine and put on this album in the low light of winter.

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4

Great for summer background. Sittin on da porch. Cookin a nice meal. Do something active but lowkey, turn this bad larry on.

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I expected to hate this album (I'm not a big jazz fan) but I ended up loving it. The grooves are tight, the musicianship is superb, and the performances are top-notch. The only reason that this didn't get full marks is because a couple of the tracks do drag on a bit. At 45 minutes long and only 5 tracks, this is somewhat inevitable. The really remarkable thing is that most of the tracks DON'T feel like they're too long.

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Nice, must remember it for when I host a dinner party with intellectuals.

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You know I be vibing to jazz! Lol makes me feel like I’m in a smoky club

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21st September 2021 Listened on the living room speaker while we tidied the flat. I LOVED this, it sounds like the inside of my head. Bluesy, jazzy, laid back, can fit any mood any time of day.

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Pretty damn good Jazz album. Sounds ahead of its time

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This record grooves so hard. Just cool, funky laid back tunes carried throughout. Everybody in the group gets their turn, but I really noticed how tight the bass and Jimmy’s keys are on every track. The melodies haven’t stuck with me just yet but it’s definitely something I’ll revisit.

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JAZZ

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5

I really enjoyed this album and already have begun digging into his catalog!

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5

just a wonderful album

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i'd never heard of mr jimmy or this album before - i'm super glad it's on this list, though. what a fantastic album. smooth & hoppin', all at once!

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fantastic jazz

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So good. His organ skills are soooo nice

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5

awesome album. love jazz

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5

Perfect retro jazz

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5

Classic jazz album - perfect for a coffee house vibe on a damp, misty morning.

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5

Loved it!

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bluesy, jazzy, lots of organ. i loved this album!

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5

Loved it! Kenny Burrell is one of my favorite guitarists of all time, very much an inspiration to me, and this whole album is fantastic.

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5

Solid album. I liked every single song. I'm very much into jazz and blues, so this album was a thumbs up for me.

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Big fan sofar. Really enjoyed the album, maybe I was just in the mood for Jazz?

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Phenomenal. How did I never hear this? Norristown PA

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5

A nice short 5 track 45min album... I love blues music. The radio of this one is going to be great, I can already tell.

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Brilliant!

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Brilliant

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For a while, I had a CD copy of "Bashin'" by Jimmy Smith in my car, and I played that album a lot! I love this style of soul jazz, with meaty melodic lines of hard bop, and that electric Hammond organ taking it to church. Hail Satan, this guy is cool. I already had the Chicken Shack album downloaded, but I guess I wasn't ready to move beyond Bashin' until now. Objectively speaking, this album is the stronger and more consistent of the two. I can't find any moment on the album that doesn't make my brain happy, so 5*.

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Definitely not what I expected from the title! This was a very nice Jazz album. It makes you feel cozy and happy, like spending a winter day reading by the fire.

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Excellent taste

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Cowboy bebop

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5

holy cow, what an album...

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Соул джаз 60-тых. Некоторые треки были знакомы. Этот альбом менч приятно удиаил и порадовал 8.5/10

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The chops on this

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5

Very easy listening and made a day in and out of the car super enjoyable. Man knows how to make a sax sing.

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Lovely jazz, less showy than Miles Davis.

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Basically the Organ inventor, real legend !

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Ya conocía "Sunny Side of the Street". Me gustó mucho todo el álbum, pero creo que aún no sé escuchar jazz. Me da vibras de escena de peli de Mauricio Garcés. ^.^' PD: Ocupo escucharlo en flac.

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Great Airplane Crash Music. I'd Die Listening To It

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new find for me - loved it

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Beautiful, soulful, jazz.

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Excellent. I loved it. Got better with each play.

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Really enjoyable-- dig this

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Love that jazz

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5.0 - Cool and breezy as a June morning on the beach. Incomparable jazz organ. I could listen to this whenever, wherever.

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5

Paring this back to back with Isaac Hayes' "Hot Buttered Soul" was a perfectly smooth 1-2 punch. What goes perfectly with chicken shack? Hot butter! I mean come on. This album was great and perfect and I married it.

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I'm not a big fan of the organ sound in jazz or in style other music genre for that matter, so for me the star of this album is the blowing which thanks to Stanley Turrentine is just amazing. The rest of theband are not exactly slouches; Kenny Burrell and Donald Bailey. But for me Turrentine steals the show and makes this album a 5 🌟 effort

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5

Awesome stuff. Very enjoyable.

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I love it.. Jazz meets hammond B-3 organ and we have Soul-jazz. Some really great jams on this.

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Amazing, soulful, music. Those keyboards are awesome.

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I never thought I'd give a jazz album five stars. But all of a sudden I have a really pressing need to work out the guitar parts. I ended up playing this twice. That says a fair bit haha. 5/5.

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When I saw the cover of this one something told me I was going to love it. Smooooooooooth, wonderful bluesy organ. Love Love Love!

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I often find jazz music too chaotic and kind of impersonal, but this album is beautiful. It is not too technical while still being interesting. I feel like this music is connected to the real world instead of just existing for its own sake.

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idk yet

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absolutely exquisite control of the Hammond

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Jazzzzz

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Smoooooooth

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I loved it! Great soundtrack to work or practically anything.

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What a lovely, funky, jazz album! Really cool with the organ. Best track: Minor Chant.

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Really chill and easy listening. Surprised at how early this was too, I’m a fan

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Great and smooth background music

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det här var ett gött hyffsat melodiskt jazz-album som var lagom långt. gillart.

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I’m pretty sure I’ve heard the title track before, but I can’t place where. This was an enjoyable listen and perfect for having to listen to while I work! I’ve never been huge into jazz but this was a fun listen. I’ll have to remember it when I need something without lyrics to listen to.

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Finally some jazz again! I'm clearly biased, if I had my way I'd probably rate every jazz album 5 stars. That said, I can still hear Lal's voice in my head telling me to keep it at 4. Love this picture of him on the cover with the dog. Stanley Turrentine is an OG

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Jazzy instrumentals, pretty groovy

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Great Jazz album. Loved the guitar and sax especially. Great use of electric organ. Simple yet complex album. Dug it a lot

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Not what I expected based on the cover, but surprisingly smooth jazzy sounds

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I had never heard this before but very much enjoyed it!

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Great Blues/Jazz album

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More great jazz

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Hammond and sax jazz grooves

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4

Very nice album. The organ sound is great in the first song.

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Can't wait to go back to the Chicken Shack. I liked this a lot. 4/5

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The taxi process to the runway at Charlotte Douglas was nearly as long as this album.

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I had fun with this one

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Really solid jazz combo album. Not much more to say. Favorite Track(s): “When I Grow Too Old To Dream”

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Enjoyed it. The tracks faded into each other but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Really chilled out ambient music.

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Classic.

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7

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very smooth background

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During lockdown 1- the underrated original. I watched a brilliant documentary about Miles Davis and the cool. Following that I listened to a lot of Jazz. Not this though. This must have been a huge step forward for Jazz. A more modern sound that takes from the innovators in the 40s and 50s and builds on them rather than imitates. Who knew organ led Jazz would work so well? Only Jimmy, his Dog and his Chicken. Extra point for that album cover. Plenty going on there. 4/5

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Really enjoyed this. Excellent to clean the bathroom to.

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Not what I was expecting. Pretty cool, mellow tunes. This is what I would want on the rare occasion I’m looking for super chill music. Saxophone and quiet organs - I especially liked the title track. In the universe of music it’s a three, but it’s a 5 in its narrow lane - 4 Stars!

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Liked it! Jazz. Nice.

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Low-key blues with a classy lounge aesthetic. Like eating soul food in an Eames chair.

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Very good sounding album, I only wish it were longer.

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Sweet! Amazing organ. I often dislike sax tracks, but "When I Grow Too Old to Dream" is a beauty!

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Laid back, groovy, ticks a lot of boxes.

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Good, calming and charming jazz. I will probably come back to it, when I will tired after long day.

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Admittedly not the most engaging listen, but great soothing jazz for background noise from great players!

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Closer to 5 stars than 4. I am not much on pure instrumentals but this album flowed. It was the fastest 40ish minutes. It was explorative smooth jazz at its best!

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4

A solid jazz album. It's low key and just gives the musicians room to solo. Something nice to throw on in the background and vibe to. Favorite song: On The Sunny Siclde Of The Street

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Ah, Jazz de Lousiana. Ese Hammon bendito.

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Great listen, not a jazz person, but it sounded amazing

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Great opening track, "When I Grow Too Old To Dream" had some killer keys. The album cover is awesome and certainly drew me in! Though, after listening to the music I felt a bit of a disconnect between the visual and audio. Certainly will be revisiting in the future.

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4

listened to this album while studying, which was honestly kinda fitting. reminded me why i love jazz and why i regret not learning saxophone. overall nice chill album, but not something i would really listen to in my free time.

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Good easy jazz

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overall thoughts: aight so imma just start off by giving this a 4/5. I'm not that into jazz, and while I probably won't come back to this album often, it's definitely not bad. This was great to listen to while studying or whatever, and what stood out to me most were the first track & minor chant. anyway yeah, it was sum good jazz.

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This is good thinking music. It’d be wise to put this on and do school work or something productive. Easy listening and enjoyable! My only thing is that jazz takes me a while to get into, and I listened to this album 2-3 times, and couldn’t really sing any of the melodies to you off the top of my head. Even after just listening. But that’s not the album’s fault, more me and my scatterbrain. I would definitely put this on at a dinner party or sumptin

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decent

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Nonstop Jazz, I like it!

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Smooth with a smokey, dimly lit bar feel. Refreshing blues and jazz tastes. Not something I would have previously enjoyed. Makes me want an oversized cadillac.

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Judging by the album cover, I wasn’t expecting much at all. But this is some lovely chill jazz. Nice.

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тупа чил

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A deeply foundational sound I think. I feel like I've heard a thousand samples from this.

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Jazz instrumental. Muy bueno.

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Muy agradable, todo a gusto, estaba trabajando mientras escuchaba el álbum y excelente servicio. Cada vez lo asocio menos con música de restaurante, pero creo que en este se aprecia algo distinto, no sabría explicarlo. 8.5/10

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Un très bon album Jazz, je ne connaissais pas mais l'album a de l'entrain et c'est très agréable a écouter. Je recommende pour passer un bon moment avec un peu de Jazz. 4.50

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some very enjoyable blues

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Great light jazz. Could have listened to twice if I had the time

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slinky grooves, great musicians, fabulous Hammond organ - what's not to love?

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finger lickin' good

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Not sure what I expected, when I saw this was listed as jazz I was certainly intrigued. I love the extensive use of the organ--very underrated instrument, that Hammond B-3 always sounds amazing. Thanks to wikipedia, I'm now learning that Jimmy Smith is credited for popularizing the B-3. I feel like a winner for catching that before looking it up. This is a really cool album, it's jazz but it's grounded in more accessible, blues tones. I wouldn't mind more from Jimmy. Favorite tracks: I saved all five tracks, but Messy Bessie may have been the standout. Album art: Threw me off at first, especially seeing that it was listed as jazz. But after hearing the music, it makes perfect sense - this strikes me as jazz for the common man. Meaning aside, it's a great picture. Really dig this. 4.5/5

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Fantastic Jazz album, wish it was longer but this felt very fresh compared to some of the other jazz albums. And this cover is great too. Amazing start to the week, I need more chicken!

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3.5

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This record is essential jazz listening and enjoyable at the very least for its name. Funky at both ends, a bit thinner in the middle, but that's hard bop for you. Hard to think of a better introduction to jazz combo featuring organ.

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4

That was very easy listening

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4

This slaps.

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Not a jazzer but liked how fresh it sounded given it’s almost 60 years old. They really knew how to record music back then!

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A decent and enjoyable album, was great driving to and can definitely see it being played a lot in a chilled environment. I'm usually not a fan of the organ but was pleased with it here. Some good fills here and there too

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Really enjoyed the title track especially. Just a good, solid album. Love a little jazz.

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Great album

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Thanks Jimmy. Good chicken

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4

Pretty solid effort from Jimmy Smith. Lots of tight grooves and a light atmosphere that makes it a fun listen to put on and relax

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An enjoyable jazzy romp

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Very good

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Great jazz!

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some great Hammonding here, love the sound of the Hammond organ and this, with the sax is certainly a fine example of said art. The title track is a great example of walking blues but my favourite on this 4 Track Album has got to be "Messy Bessie". Love the Album and the Instrument. Rightfully on the list as Jimmy is such and influential Icon! Worth it just to hear Stanley Turrentines' Sax and Kenny Burrells Guitar alone.

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Groovy, man.

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Excelente opção de clima com o instrumental envolvente.

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I liked this more than I did birth of the cool

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4

Really relaxing listen. Great to do some work to or just to listen and wind down. "Messy Bessie" my favourite song on the album.

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Nice blues/jazz sound. Quite enjoyed. Great organ and sax. Solid B.

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Love it!

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Very solid, very chill jazz record.

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decent, and musically all well put together, but can't really think of any circumstance where i'd play this whole thing

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4

Some pretty cool jazz. Good background music. I think I'll make more of an effort to listen to this type of stuff at work Nice.

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Yes

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-Very solid groovy instrumental. I like the keyboard and trumpet parts

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Back At The Chicken Shack doesn't ever say anthing interesting as it remains locked to its 12 bars like a weight around its neck. When I Grow To Old To Dream is a good track. Minor Chant is also a good listen, though I am generally not a huge organ jazz kind of guy. Yea I enjoyed every track on this other then the title track. Does it go wild off kilter places? no. But this was absolutely pleasant.

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Love the B3 and dig this record. Great for background tunes, or really paying attention in headphones.

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Groovy, chill vibe. Loved it. Fave Songs: Back at the Chicken Shack, When I Grow Too Old to Dream

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I'm only attending parties that have this playing in the background from now on.

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Super goed hammond album, altijd voor in

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Ooohhh, me gusta el jazz y este disco es preciso. 4 temas, pero nunca aburre.

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This is my kind of jazz!! Yay! Super lovely to work to. It's really fun and interesting and puts me in a good mood without being chaotic or stressful and it's certainly not dull. When I Grow too old to Dream did something to me!! So relaxing.

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4

Really enjoyed this

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Jimmy Smith is probably the most laid-back person on the planet. This sounds pretty good on a summer day, today. Not five because the Hammond all the way through is a little one-dimensional.

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4

Very enjoyable jazz album. Laid back. By the numbers. Just how it should be.

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This album is notable because it features the Hammond organ and creates a link between jazz and soul music that Jimmy Smith is known for. Other than that link, this album does not really push any boundaries. It's a solid jazz album, and features interesting organ and saxophone improvisations.

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4

Very chill funk jazz with an early 70’s sound

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Lovely, laid-back, funky soul jazz with an irresistible, cozy groove. Jimmy Smith and Donald Bailey lay down a strong foundation, upon which Stanley Turrentine is given room to excel, and Kenny Burrell plays a vital supporting role. Perfect for a rainy day, late night, small gathering, or long walk. Standout Tracks: Back at the Chicken Shack, Minor Chant

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4

Top Notch Jazz right there.

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This is a cool jazz album that really hits the sweet spot between being good jazz and being easy to listen to and digest. I don't have much else to say about this one other than that it's great to listen to and I'm going to keep my eyes out for a vinyl copy of it to add to my collection 4/5

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4

good jazz, if a little basic

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Soul jazz, lækkert, helt glat, elguitar

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4

This was a fun album. It kept me interested and "boppin' along" the whole time - which is more than most studio jazz does for me.

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4

Pretty good Jazz

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Great sax

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What if we kissed at the chicken shack???? Prefs: Back at the Chicken Shack, When I Grow Too Old To Dream, Minor Chant Moins pref: Messy Bessie (still good)

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Soundillisesti tosi lähellä samana vuonna ilmestynyttä Booker T & the MG’sin Green Onionsia. Tää on mulle tuntematon herkku 4/5

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4

Not bad, if a little repetitive. Enjoyable sound though

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4

Incredibly smooth, grooving music. Great listen!

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4

3.75

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4

Fun way to groove right into a Friday morning. Some smokin' organ playing going on here which definitely kept me interested throughout.

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4

This is music that Gus Fring would listen to while cooking. Very jazzy and smooth, and definitely feels ahead of its time. Joe from Soul would have loved to play something like this in the NY Jazz Clubs. While I like the album, Minor Chant is the only song that really stands out to me. Best Songs: Minor Chant Worst Songs: NA

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4

Ya like jazz?

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Enjoyed it more than I expected

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This shit goes man.

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Master of the jazz organ bass pedals.

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Really great stuff. What’s noticeable is how Smith so masterfully concedes the limelight to Burrell and especially Turrentine on so much of this album. There’s always something of a ceiling for jazz in my eyes, but there’s no denying this is a toe-rapper.

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3

Loungy organ music.

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3

More jazz...

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3

Subdued. Reminds me of background music that would play in a more upscale restaurant. Good, but nothing that cuts through. Favorite track: "Minor Chant"

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Funky

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3

I like Jimmy Smith but this one was a bit too bluesy and boring. It was okay.

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Very good background music.

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3

Decent jazz album

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3

Good jazz, not so bad. Coulda used more guitar.

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Blir litt heismusikk selv om det er solid håndtverk...

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I was expecting something totally different based on the cool cover. Very groovy old sax music and freestyling. Messy Bessy and it's guitar noodling was my favorite, I think I just prefer guitar freestyling to sax. I respect the musicianship and would love listening to this in the background with friends and cocktails, but don't see myself looking for it again anytime soon.

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Jazz Organ, long songs that flow into one another, no lyrics

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Jazzzzzzzzy

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3

A very nice jazz album. It's hard for me to evaluate this type of thing because I like jazz, but I don't understand it very well.

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3

Easy listening but didn't grab me.

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Really lovely album. And a great choice for my Tuesday. Favorite track: Minor Chant

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Completely disappears into the background but not in a bad way, similar to Tom, I wouldnt be disappointed if this came on while just hanging out with friends where the music is not the most important thing. The talent of the artist(s) on the tracks is apparent throughout

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3

Hammond organ magic. Sweet jazzzzz.

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3

Leuk voor op de achtergrond, maar zou er ook geen uren kunnen naar luisteren.

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Ik zat precies 45 minuten in de lift, maar dat is niet noodzakelijk slecht

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Goold ole Jimmy Smith. Nothing wrong here!

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Um álbum muito calmo com melodias demasiado semelhantes, contudo agradáveis. Custa ouvir um gênero tão parecido e parado sem vocais. Nota:5/10

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kratak i sladak

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Jednostavan, lijep album. Ništa previše. Album zvuči kao jedna dugačka pjesma, ništa loše pod tim nisam mislio. Laganini glazba za pozadinu definitivno.

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Solid beats

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Ok, good opener

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I like instrumental jazz quite a bit although nothing near an expert; just enjoy it for its own sake. Although this is good and I could play it in any setting, in general I prefer a bit less of the overt blues influence like this - doing a little research on this album, it seems that this was one of (if not the?) first to really emphasize the Hammond B3 organ and it's of course the pre-eminent sound here. Having said that, it is a nice album that I would put on as a good "entry level listening" for others. 3 for influence.

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nice music to put on in the background, chill, nothing of personal interest but the instrumentation was nice. felt kind of repetitive at parts

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it was a nice beat, but really boring to be honest.

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Classic jazz album. Jimmy Smith is the organ player. Track 1: Relaxed, pleasant blues. Track 2: also relaxed, cool jazz feel. Impressive tenor sax solo (Stanley Turrentine). Track 3: faster tempo, retaining a subdued feel. Darker (minor key---called "Minor chant") Really very good if you're in the jazz mood. I'm warming to the album here. Track 4: slowed back down, which I'm a little disappointed about. Sax is still honking fire though Track 5: a bit disappointing---ends on probably the least interesting/challenging song of the album. It's kind of pleasant, but sounds a bit like department store musak (filled with impressive solos, to be fair, but not the highlight of the album) This album was a 3 Rating scale: 5 Blown away 4Very impressed, loved it 3Good, solid effort, nothing special though 2 kinda bad 1 very bad

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Groovy jazz and blues. No vocals. Vibin to it

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I've enjoyed a lot of the jazz that I've listened to so far on this project, but this one didn't really do it for me. I think the organ was just a bit to easy to listen to! Didn't get me excited.

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Smooth Jazz. Background music.

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Good smooth jazz!

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Sounded like classic blues, good songs, no words.

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Instrumental, jazzy, great background music for cooking with friends.

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- Nice lounge sound meets 3 piece jazz - Sax has strong improv, would love a drum solo - Mellow hammond organ, a little far back in the mix but impressive.

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Тёплый, ламповый альбом, который было бы приятно слушать в хрипящем радиоприёмнике, сидя в кресле качалке перед камином. Только вот ни первого, ни второго, ни третьего у меня не будет, так что вновь альбом я вряд ли включу. Несмотря на качество композиций и исполнения, запоминающихся цепляющих тем, к которым бы хотелось возвращаться, нет. Поэтому при всей симпатии, четвёрку натягивать особо не тянет.

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This is...fine. I like jazz but this is a little more flat than I prefer.

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Fun soul jazz, it even feels kind of funky at times.

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A jazz album I actually enjoyed listening to

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Smooth bluesy jazz to soothe the soul👌. Racist looking album art though 🧐

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I might have been more impressed with this if I hadn't already had the Green Onions album. Best track: Back at the Chicken Shack

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5 songs but it’s jazz so they’re long. Relaxing. Not overly jazzy

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Nice music, but I got the point of the specific organ jazz sound long before the album was done.

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Groovy jazz record with hints of funk, soul and an astounding Hammond organ sound throughout the album. I just knew 'The Sermon', so it is a great discovery

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chill jazz album, am not a jazz person

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Bad timing on a Monday for this cool blues jazz. Best artist name ever though ?

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Soul jazz is another interpretation of incorporating R&B into jazz. It's groovier with a heavy emphasis on rhythm. But it's also repetitive. And this isn't necessarily a bad thing. This kind of music was not designed for active listening. It's pleasant and sets a mellow mood, perfect for playing in the background of a restaurant. In terms of the tracks themselves, the first is the star. Love the organ. It sounds so familiar but I can't put my finger on it. The others each have their own personality. That keeps things interesting. But yeah, without much variation, it's hard to actively listen for more than 6 minutes on each track.

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Quite alright but not amazing. Would work great as background/lounge music but not as an album to be listened to front to back. I liked the vibe more than the actual melodies.

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3.5 stars. I really like jazz.

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jazzy

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Pretty good - nothing special

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Love this album. First listen. So smooth, relaxing and cool. It is excellent to have on in the background, but it is also more than just background music. I need more of this music in my life.

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Loving it

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Chill music but should be kept to a jazz club or an elevator

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Solid jazz album, unclear why it is on the list

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Bluesilla lähti aamu loistavasti käyntiin. Varsinkin kun nimen perusteella ennakkoluulot oli ”eiih, taas jotain kantria?”

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Ihan kuin olisi ollut jameja kuuntelemassa. Paikoittelen oikein viihdyttävää kamaa joten kolmoseen taipuu

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Not my usual cup of tea but found myself tapping my toes and doing some dodgy dance moves

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Not my thing but probably fine

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Aint bad- solid listen

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Songs are long, which I'm not a fan of. But it's got some good ol' jamming sessions. 3.0/5

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107. Back at the Chicken Shack - Jimmy Smith 5 tracks This is sort of chilled & mellow but I'm not feeling that way at all at the moment. I might have to return to this and give it another go. It's good, absolutely no doubt, but it's just not grabbing me at the moment. 3/5

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First track sounded familiar. Good music.

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Smooth - perhaps a little too much so - but good background music

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Background jazz from the man who opened the world of sould to the Hammond Organ. Very smooth, you'll hardly notice it's there.

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3.4 - fun and funky organ jazz

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Smooth

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p52. 1960. 3 stars. Nice ;) Wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did. Smooth as Jim Beam bourbon. Direct connection to Booker T and Georgie Fame. Tight guitar work and smooth sax. Tends to stray into background music though. Not a jazz fan, so not sure I'd play it often. Incidentally, I once owned an album called "The Swinging Organ of Jimmy Smith". Sadly missed opportunity for the album cover.

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I like this - instrumental accessible soul jazz with a guitar and organ, really nice feel to it. Organ, sax, guitar drums. Jimmy Smith plays just the organ. It does get a bit samey though.

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Nice Jazz Blues album

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Hard for me to listen through an entire jazz album, but i enjoyed this one enough.

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I actually like that I had to listen to this. I can see how stuff like this inspired the early blues rock and early hard rock I like. It's like tracing a lineage. Some stuff on Led Zeppelin's first album for example, like the keyboard solo in You Shook Me, are reminiscent of this style. Keys are an underrated component of rock. There’s not really anything I dislike about this album, but based on my personal rating system this probably one falls into the 2 category. The songs are long and each song isn't varied enough to merit their length. Not bashing it, just is how I feel. There are some nice guitar/brass bits sprinkled throughout. And he's a good keyboardist. As an album it didn't inspire me, but I can understand why this list has a few albums of this genre.

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Very jazzy very shagadelic baby yeah

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Five songs in 43 minutes, means it must be either jazz or prog-rock! Jazz it is, which I still don't really get. Very impressive musicianship, even if it doesn't move me like some other music does.

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Pretty decent- could easily have this in in the background

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Somewhere between a 3 and a 4 for me. Somewhat enjoyable background music but definitely background music. Very easy listening jazz.

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Listened to on 3/1/22 3.5/5 Favorite song: Back at the Chicken Shack, On the Sunny Side of the Street Perfect background jazz music

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Some decent jazz stuff, not the most musically interesting or varied jazz we've had on the list.

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good jazz album, the title song is definitely the best one on the album

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Goes down smooth

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3/5

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Ok as chill out music, wouldn’t really be listening again though.

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Genre: Soul Jazz 3/5 Another album that I enjoyed to an extent. It's soft, subtle jazz, led by Jimmy Smith's organ and some pretty boring saxophone work, but it confuses me as to why this is in the book. This seems like some editor had this album on repeat a lot, loved it so much, savored it as a deep cut, and then found his time to be like "woooah, you've never heard Back at the Chicken Shack??" The album is seriously tremendous background music, and there's value in that, but when it comes to jazz, I like it a bit quicker and a bit more technical. It never gets above a fluttering pace. The music is played nicely enough, but it's pretty bland. This'll be enjoyed by those who use music to study, clean, or those who use it purely as muzak.

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Cool organ tones. Didn't think I'd like this but I was wrong. It grooved along nicely.

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Liked it in general. Jazz cannot go too wrong.

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"Back at the Chicken Shack" is a interesting jazz album, with a focus on hard bop and references to early soul music. The use of the Hammond organ creates a unique sound and a competent backing band, specially Stanley Turrentine's tenor sax, gives a smoothness to the songs.

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To sie nazywa orginalny tytul, blue note nie zawodzi i kolejny raz dostarcza jakosciowej porcji jazzowania, tym razem w wykonaniu pana Jimmiego Smitha, o ktorym wczesniej nie slyszalem, a ma dosc spora dyskografie i byl aktywny do samego konca, a moglem go wczesniej slyszec na ill communication od beastie boys, sam kurnikowy krazek byl wydany w 63, ale same nagrania do niego trwaly trzy lata wczesniej, taka dyskografia bogata, to nie dziwne ze batchowo byly nagrywane te albumy, sam pan Smith gra na ogranach, a jedynymi dodatkowymi instrumentami jest saksa, drumy i gitara na dwoch z czterech kawalkach, tak samo wyglada sprawa jesli chodzi o kompozycje, z ktorych polowa to autorskie piosenki pana Jummiego, ciekawe spojrzenie na hardy bop z perspektywy organowej, ktorych brzmienie do tej pory najbardziej kojarzyla mi sie z green onions od Bookera, a na tym 37 minutowym materiale mozna poznac instrument z calkiem innej strony, no i tym razem wygraly autorskie pomysly, ktore przy zaprzegnieciu gitary i tworzac kwartet tworza unikalne brzmienie, na plejke dodam openingowy trak tytulowy, za prawdziwe harde solowki organowe

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Listening to this album I think Tom Waits might've listened to it once or twice. It's nicely smooth jazz, but in my limited knowledge of Jazz, nothing really special

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Nicht der ganz große Wurf eines ganz Großen. Schlechte 3.

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Ça prend effectivement un album de Jimmy Smith dans cette liste. Pour certains, peut-être que l'album Root Down Jimmy Smith Live! serait plus pertinent vu la popularité de l'album Ill Communication des Beasties Boys où l'on retrouve le sampling de cette fameuse pièce. Par contre c'est intéressant d'avoir un album plus en début de carrière pour entendre la sonorité particulière qu'il amenait dans un jazz plus conventionnel avec son Hammond B3. Sans vouloir diminuer la contribution de Donald Bailey à cet album, on y retrouve également Kenny Burrell et Stanley Turrentine qui sont des grands jazzman de cette époque. La pochette est horrible, mais l'album s'écoute très bien.

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C'est un bon disque de jazz mais c'est pas époustouflant non plus... avec le peu de disques de jazz sur cette liste il y en a une bonne dizaine, voir 20 , que j'aurais mis avant celui-ci ... Tous des légendes, ça joue c'est certain! Les lignes de bass de jimmy sont très bonnes, le tone de l'orgue est fou et on sens les ghost notes de la bass à un point tel que j'ai rechecké le line up voir si il n'y avait pas un bassiste dans la piece 3.

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I guess I can get on board with this. Not my favourite thing but pleasant enough!

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This didn't leave a huge impression on me but was pleasant enough. Perhaps I didn't pay enough attention. So of mid-level jazz I can handle though

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Orgel og sax, ka meir kan du be om. Chill fredagsalbi

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veldig jazzkanalen på nrk radio, ganske chill

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5/3/2022 Today's Album: "Back At The Chicken Shack" by Jimmy Smith - This album is pretty simple to review because it's just a really straightforward and simple album. Simple blues grooves are constructed by a consistently chilled out drum set and a bass guitar walking up and down the blues scales. On top of that, Jimmy Smith solo's over these tracks with some fairly impressive organ playing and there's a saxophonist that really takes the spotlight when it's their time to solo. Honestly, it's pretty surprising that Jimmy Smith is the one on the cover of this album when whoever he has on sax just totally steals the show. Not to say the organ playing is by any means bad, but it really can't hold a candle to some of the amazing stuff the sax pulls of. I really like the stripped back nature of this album. It works with what it has and creates some great tunes out of 4-5 instruments and some basic blues progressions. I should mention there's also a guitar soloist that is pretty great as well that really helps to fill out the bluesy feel of this record. The mixing and production sound really nice with an obvious attention to bringing out the soloing organ or sax, but while maintaining impressive balance. That being said, there isn't much more to say about this album given just how basic a lot of the basis of it is. It's just a bunch of fantastic performances by musicians that know these blues scales backwards and forwards upside-down and inside-out. Overall, this is a great blues record to just vibe to and admire some fantastic performances. Give this one a listen if you like blues organ or blues soloing in general. Highlights: All Score: 7/10 Great blues improv

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Fín plata, rosa þægileg og smooth.

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Well, its smooth long-form organ jazz and that's pretty much the album summed up. Excellent BGM but I can't imagine ever really feeling the urge to listen to this specifically over just typing "smooth jazz mix" into youtube.

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Funky

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one laid-back shack

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Smooth lounge jazz. Amazing background music, but not the kind of thing I would just listen to. Kind of remind me of being on hold.

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ok

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Jimmy Smith is a notable soul jazz artist. Soul jazz came about around the time of cool jazz and bebop, incorporating melodies and rhythms from Gospel and R&B. This allowed for the genre to grow, influencing the soon-to-be genre of hard bop which would also take inspiration from gospel and R&B. Jimmy Smith's play in all of this was his fantastic organ skills, which almost certainly pulls from Booker T's "Green Onions" here. Smith also gives Stanley Turrentine time to shine on alto sax, smooth as ever. Turrentine is can also be found playing with Abbey Lincoln, Duke Jordan, and Kenny Burrell on some fantastic jazz records. Speaking of, Burrell is the man on guitar for this record, doing a fantastic job of keeping things held down. Lastly we have Donald Bailey rounding out the quartet on drums. He's a steady swing while also adding personality to the track. He compliments the boys very well while also keeping time. Overall this is a short but sweet collection of jazz tunes that are done excellently.

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Smith's playing is so light and economic - a rarity in a lot of jazz - but feels like he's in danger of taking a back seat in his own band.

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Expert playing. I've just never (since childhood) been a fan of the sound of the organ. It's too intense and takes up such a wide space in the listener's ears. The instrument equivalent of a pushy person.

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Instrumental y un tanto plano. Mucho saxofón. Para amantes del jazz clásico

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Varsin toimivaa! Menee jazz-listalle

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I do struggle with instrumental albums in the foreground. That being said, this album was not too difficult and had a Down home sound that I quite enjoyed. Definitely would put it on in the back, but probably won't intentionally seek it out to listen to with full attention.

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we really do be back at the chicken shack tho

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Voici ce que j'en ai déjà dit: "Ça prend effectivement un album de Jimmy Smith dans cette liste. Pour certains, peut-être que l'album Root Down Jimmy Smith Live! serait plus pertinent vu la popularité de l'album Ill Communication des Beasties Boys où l'on retrouve le sampling de cette fameuse pièce. Par contre c'est intéressant d'avoir un album plus en début de carrière pour entendre la sonorité particulière qu'il amenait dans un jazz plus conventionnel avec son Hammond B3. Sans vouloir diminuer la contribution de Donald Bailey à cet album, on y retrouve également Kenny Burrell et Stanley Turrentine qui sont des grands jazzman de cette époque. La pochette est horrible, mais l'album s'écoute très bien."

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Can we take a moment to respect the fact that 60-70 years ago, it was totally cool to call your album “The [amazing/ incredible/ magnificent/ unbelievable/ strongly positive adjective] [Name]”? Nowadays, the only person who dares compliment themselves so highly is Kanye West, and we all side eye him a bit for it. Anyway, I enjoyed this! I like jazz but I find it slips into the background for me after a few minutes. However, whenever my attention was brought back to the music, I liked what I was hearing.

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Decent

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🙂

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I feel like this album all sounds the same Some really good piano and guitar on this, but I found it to all sound very similar to each other. I also like the drum work on this too 5/10

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Great background music to throw on while working, reading, or another similarly passive activity. I would never sit and actively listen to this style of jazz, but its got a strong enough groove to avoid getting stale before the end. The incorporation of that organ really helped this album stand out from other songs I've heard in this genre (which is an admittedly small sampling). Standout tracks: "Back at the Chicken Shack"

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Solid album, played like a really cool set without any distinguishing tracks. I thought it was really well produced and mastered - just nothing jumped out. Im sure this is an important record for the genre but I haven't done enough digging for context. I would definitely return to this album. Standout Tracks: The entire album

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Приятный джаз, но не сильно альбом запомнился.

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Not a jazz man, but this was just about listenable. Could have done with a couple of changes of gear… alas no!

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Nice background music but nothing here really did anything for me

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Improvised jazz. Not my thing

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Fine

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Good down-tempo jazz vibes, just not something I'm really into.

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Sounds pretty cool, but then I am not very jazz literate so don't really know what to say about this.

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not my kind of jazz

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Blues never really did it for me, especially instrumental.

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Not a fan

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Nothing special. 5/10

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Det er flott med litt coffee table jazz, men det blir til tider litt i overkant med orgeljamming her.

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Got a bit repetitive

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Started well, then quickly bored

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Un disco muy normalito tirando a olvidable

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This is like the jazz album, OK background music but I can’t differentiate between the tracks. Not something I would seek out although I appreciate the musicianship. **

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Noooooodly

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I don't know if I've ever listened to an album that seemed to clash so much with that album cover's artwork. I heard that organ fire up in track one and felt myself go from 6 to 12 if you know what I mean, but then I heard that saxophone swoop in and I deflated right back down. Jazz was just not what I was in the mood for yesterday. I wonder if in context this jazz felt a bit edgier and dirtier, but it felt fairly easy listening to me. Not bad, not particularly good, though I bet if I were tuning in 60 years ago it would be a different story.

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Felt like background in a pink panther tv episode. Very relaxed, meandering, chill party vibes. But it’s repetitive. Sounds so much like background music it becomes background music and lost my attention and I stopped engaging.

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Let's go to Vito's bababay! Sounds less like a chicken shack and more like a martini shaker. We must hear jazz so much diffently now compared with when this was contemporary in 1960. Maybe in its time this sounded really wild like a fox tearing up a henhouse. Sometimes I think about Kerouac's hurricane SF jazz club descriptions and wonder if we were in that same club in 2021, would we be gettin loose, or would it sound like this? I guess it's all contextual. I listened to to Back At the Chicken Shack while writing work emails and eating baby carrots, one hard boiled egg, a teriyaki beef stick, green beans, and 2 string cheeses. It was very very pleasant to listen to, and I feel a little more pep in my step (and my gut) thanks to this experience. C+

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Jazz/blues, easy listening

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Finding this really boring.

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Nice organ/saxophone instrumental. Enjoyed it for what it is. Can't say I'd listen to it again though.

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Wasn’t a huge fan of the album. Nice instrumentals but wasn’t taken aback!

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Nice jazz but not for me

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Good vibes, solid study music. Jazzy organs and saxophones compliment the mood. I had never heard of Jimmy Smith before today.

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унылый чилл

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Not for me

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Enjoyable listen but dragged a bit

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Good background music, but not something I would seek out on my own. Not my kinda jazz.

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Jazz, absolutely shredding the organ but not really my genre

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Hm. Not my favorite jazz I've heard, but refreshingly short

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It’s good, very good even. But I’m just not that into jazz. I could see putting it on in the background of a fancy cocktail party! Second album in a row with not lyrics, so that’s not great for me!

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Rather conventional jazz that you can play in the background, but nothing special.

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It was fine, wordless jazz isn’t my thing

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Love the album name, too smooth of jazz for me though

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Back At The Chicken Shack is probably only going to be on a background music playlist. Tracks were quite lengthy. Best: Back At The Chicken Shack Worst: Messy Bessie

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I just can't with these jazz instrumentals. But Jimmy gets an extra star due to my affinity for the organ!

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Good for jazz...I guess. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I was sitting in a restaurant eating pasta and drinking wine. And it was just on in the background. And I wasn't paying attention to it.

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I enjoy jazz but... this is some real elevator music type jazz not good.

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Atmospheric. Trumpet outshines the organ

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Not my ting

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Well, that was boring.

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Preferred the organ-heavy bits over the more 'traditional', sax-led jazz bits. They made me feel like I was in some dreamy, low-jeopardy spy film scenario. But (with the obvious caveat that I'm no expert in the genre)... most of it kinda sounded the same to me. It's the usual drill: an enjoyable diversion for a while but I probably wouldn't go back to it. A neutral 2.5.

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Nice Jazz I guess, got bored way before the end of every song.

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Ils ont vraiment choisi le plus plate des albums de Jimmy Smith. J’aurais aimé mieux « Bashing » avec Oliver Nelson ou the « Dynamic Duo » avec Wes Montgomery, qui sont meilleurs à tous les niveaux. Même « Root Down » que je n’aime pas particulièrement est plus intéressant. Bref... Je suis tout de même obligé de lui donner au moins 2 étoiles, parce que c’est Jimmy Smith et qu’il est vraiment important pour l’instrument.

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Iets teveel van dit na elkaar.

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Finger lickin' just some jazz.

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Early sixties'funky soul jazz. You can picture yourself in the smoky bar watching this group late in to the night. Best Tracks: Back at the Chicken Shack; Messy Bessie

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I started listening to this with some interest, but then it got a little tedious. It was pleasant background music to work to, but nothing more.

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This was pleasant but nothing really jumped out at me. A bit too smooth and background music for my taste.

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1963 - 44 mins (5 long tracks). Instrumental album. Fallout / Destroy all Humans farm music vibe. Nice Saxaphone, could easily pause and come back to it and not really miss anything, had no hook for me. Into the third track getting a bit samey, idk what that farm instrument is but it goes on and on non stop. mabye 2 idk. Skipped last 2 songs cba at all.

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Listened to the first 2 tracks. Definitely dada style. Probably will listen more as time goes on. Intitial rating 2/5 since I haven't gone through it all

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4 tracks!?… I don’t think that the album’s opener ( the title track) should last 8 minutes it just stays the same after an amount of time not my kinda thing but I get it for background music. The sax on when I grow old to dream is certainly more interesting than on the first track but the way the drums just stay the same for 9 minutes ruins the song. Finally on side two! Minor chant has got some nice organ work hidden under those annoying tinny drums but still I get the appeal (kinda). 12 minute closer messy bessie, okay let’s fall asleep now 💤 but no seriously i’am not the target audience for this ( back then and now) so It’s a hard one to criticise other than… How is this rated 3.4 stars on average? I mean it’s inoffensive mild sounding music with no vocals where every song is super long and just sounds the same.Where there’s other albums with like 3.2 or 3.1 average with a bunch of distinct tracks of decent length that are viewed as like lesser, just odd. Anyway this is still getting a 2 though because I do ( vaguely) see some appeal.

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Not my cup of tea

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good sound but jazz sounds like background music personally, not very interesting couldn't finish

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Some more jazz, wouldn’t listen again

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Not for me sorry...

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3/10

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I did not care for this album. Very repetitive.

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1.5

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Didn’t like

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What can I say? I tried, but it is just not my thing. I once went to a jazz club in Budapest (Beth will remember this!) and thought maybe it was a turning point for me on my musical pathway, but it was just a cul-de-sac…

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??? What? 0 for 0 music in album

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This was the most boring music I've ever listened to. I would never have listened to it if not for it being on the list. I'm sure there's a good amount of talent and skill involved in the music but I was not left with any positive feelings. I know I'm harsh but it definitely wasn't for me.

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Godsamme dit voelt al een nachtmerrie waarin ik in een lift sta waar maar maar geen einde aan komt, terwijl deze muziek gedraaid wordt.... Laat me eruit!

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Zonder zang vind ik dit toch al gauw muzak

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I can't listen to jazz. I don't understand it. It's the musical equivalent of a foreign language to me. I'm sure the saxophonist is spitting straight facts, but it just sounds like random annoying dooting to me.

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Overall 2/10

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Not one for me. Mercifully a short album.

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Surprised I like this. Much more on the Jazz spectrum than I usually like.

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meh

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Yeah I’m sorry I’m so bored I want to snap my neck. I’m done with this.

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