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Back At The Chicken Shack

Jimmy Smith

1963

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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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3.43

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12083
Genres
Jazz
Funk
Blues

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Fri Dec 10 2021
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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Sun Apr 25 2021
4

I will be returning to the chicken shack

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

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

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

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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Thu May 06 2021
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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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

banger banger banger banger banger banger banger banger banger banger banger

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

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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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

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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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

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

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Wed May 05 2021
4

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

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Pretty damn good Jazz album. Sounds ahead of its time

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

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

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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

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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Fri Oct 20 2023
4

At first I wondered 'why does he keep going back to the chicken shack', but now I do in fact get why he keeps coming back to the chicken shack

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Tue Dec 05 2023
3

The pretty cool Jimmy Smith.

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Mon Apr 08 2024
3

If this was playing in a stuck lift I’d be happy to wait to be rescued.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

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

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Sat May 01 2021
5

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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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

So good. His organ skills are soooo nice

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

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

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

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

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Sun Jul 11 2021
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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Sat May 01 2021
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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Mon May 24 2021
5

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

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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

Phenomenal. How did I never hear this? Norristown PA

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Mon Jun 07 2021
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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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

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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Sat Aug 28 2021
5

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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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

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

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Sat Nov 06 2021
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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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Lovely jazz, less showy than Miles Davis.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

Basically the Organ inventor, real legend !

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

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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Sun Dec 05 2021
5

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

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

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

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

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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Mon Mar 07 2022
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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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

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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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

Awesome stuff. Very enjoyable.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

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

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Wed Apr 27 2022
5

Amazing, soulful, music. Those keyboards are awesome.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
5

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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Sat Apr 30 2022
5

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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Fri May 13 2022
5

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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Sat Jul 16 2022
5

absolutely exquisite control of the Hammond

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

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

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

very chill music i like this

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

What a great album! The organ gives it an extra R&B layer that works really well

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Gran álbum, no lo conocía, fue un descubrimiento, el sonido del órgano es cálido y suena tan familiar, es grato asociarlo a un rostro.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Loved this, gotta find the record now

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Oh so bluesy, groovy, jazzy and 60s. Guest Stanley Turrentine is a big plus. Organ jazz at its finest.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

I keep thinking I’m new to jazz, but then while listening to this realized that growing up on Pink Panther cartoons gave me a pretty extensive introduction to this style of jazz. The organ grooves along and the sax wails away and I’m swept up by it all. I may not be the best connoisseur of jazz, but I really love this!

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Smooth and easy. A nice massage for my addled brain.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Can you dig it? I knew that you could!

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Wow what an album, what a session, what a band; Stanley Turrentine on sax, Kenny Burrell on guitar and Donald Bailey on Drums. Turrentine is the star of this session and the songs that he lets loose on are absolutely great. Didn't realize I was such a fan of the organ. Really pleasant discovery. 5 stars

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

Amazing laid back jazz album. Easy to listen to attentively as well as as background music.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Nice smooth Jazz. Enjoyed it.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Really fun, very smooth and likable. A definitive and influential use of the Hammond B-3, easy to understand why it became a standard with people like Jimmy Smith doing this kind of work on it.

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Sat Nov 12 2022
5

Amazing, really enjoyable, nothing I didn't like

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

If it was Jimmy Smith, it was GOLD. I had the extreme pleasure of seeing the jazz master at the Hammond Organ on two occasions in the late 1970's. This precious disc dates back to 1960 and features Kenny Burrell on guitar and a very young Stanley Turrentine on the tenor sax sharing the soloing. (And with Jimmy, no bass player was needed, of course.) This and Jimmy was funkifizing before we were talking FUNK.

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Mon Dec 12 2022
5

feels like it inspired pokemon xd soundtrack

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Wed Dec 14 2022
5

Loving the vibe. Great for working.

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Thu Dec 22 2022
5

Добротный джазз для души с замечательным и изобретательным инструменталом. (8.5)

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Wed Jan 04 2023
5

Klo mau menerapkan “Rule of Thumb”, album keluaran Blue Note sdh tidak perlu diragukan lagi dikarenakan circle label nya yg ud melegenda. Jimmy Smith di belakang organ mampu memberikan groove yg catchy utk smua lagu, Walaupun dirasa peran Smith lebih terdengar seperti support utk sinSaxophonist Stanley Turrentine.

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Tue Jan 24 2023
5

The organ really is something, isn't it?

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Sat Feb 11 2023
5

I will fight anyone that's not a 5 for Jimmy

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Mon Feb 13 2023
5

yeah man yeah this is some really great jazz that i hadn't been interoduced to before. jimmy smith is one of jazz's many classic musicians, but i wasn't acquainted with him or his work. i am now, and he will now be in my rotation! i love the smooth organ tone on a lot of these tracks!!!

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Sat Feb 18 2023
5

This is just perfect. Listen to it. Love it.

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Sat Feb 25 2023
5

I didn't know I had a kind of chicken shack but I do and this is it, this is my kind of chicken shack.

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Thu Mar 02 2023
5

A really nice album and, again, something I am not used to listen but a great surprise! I loved recognizing the first song

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Mon Jan 23 2023
5

Bluuuuuuuuues! 😍 What a groovy album. I'd love to jam with these folks

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Tue Mar 14 2023
5

This is just excellent. Just love the Hammond organ on this. Got to be one of my favourite jazz albums of all time. A Blue note classic

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Sat Mar 18 2023
5

приятный джазец

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Mon Mar 20 2023
5

Oh yeah! Not at all what I was expecting. I could grove to these organ licks all day.

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