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.Wikipedia
I will be returning to the chicken shack
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.
Great for summer background. Sittin on da porch. Cookin a nice meal. Do something active but lowkey, turn this bad larry on.
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.
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.
banger banger banger banger banger banger banger banger banger banger banger
Nice, must remember it for when I host a dinner party with intellectuals.
You know I be vibing to jazz! Lol makes me feel like I’m in a smoky club
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.
Pretty damn good Jazz album. Sounds ahead of its time
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.
I really enjoyed this album and already have begun digging into his catalog!
just a wonderful album
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!
So good. His organ skills are soooo nice
awesome album. love jazz
Perfect retro jazz
Classic jazz album - perfect for a coffee house vibe on a damp, misty morning.
bluesy, jazzy, lots of organ. i loved this album!
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.
Solid album. I liked every single song. I'm very much into jazz and blues, so this album was a thumbs up for me.
Big fan sofar. Really enjoyed the album, maybe I was just in the mood for Jazz?
Phenomenal. How did I never hear this? Norristown PA
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.
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*.
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.
holy cow, what an album...
Соул джаз 60-тых. Некоторые треки были знакомы. Этот альбом менч приятно удиаил и порадовал 8.5/10
The chops on this
Very easy listening and made a day in and out of the car super enjoyable. Man knows how to make a sax sing.
Lovely jazz, less showy than Miles Davis.
Basically the Organ inventor, real legend !
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.
Great Airplane Crash Music. I'd Die Listening To It
new find for me - loved it
Beautiful, soulful, jazz.
Excellent. I loved it. Got better with each play.
Really enjoyable-- dig this
Love that jazz
5.0 - Cool and breezy as a June morning on the beach. Incomparable jazz organ. I could listen to this whenever, wherever.
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.
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
Awesome stuff. Very enjoyable.
I love it.. Jazz meets hammond B-3 organ and we have Soul-jazz. Some really great jams on this.
Amazing, soulful, music. Those keyboards are awesome.
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.
When I saw the cover of this one something told me I was going to love it. Smooooooooooth, wonderful bluesy organ. Love Love Love!
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.
absolutely exquisite control of the Hammond
I loved it! Great soundtrack to work or practically anything.
very chill music i like this
What a great album! The organ gives it an extra R&B layer that works really well
Gran álbum, no lo conocía, fue un descubrimiento, el sonido del órgano es cálido y suena tan familiar, es grato asociarlo a un rostro.
10/10 - groovy as fuck
Loved this, gotta find the record now
Oh so bluesy, groovy, jazzy and 60s. Guest Stanley Turrentine is a big plus. Organ jazz at its finest.
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!
Smooth and easy. A nice massage for my addled brain.
Can you dig it? I knew that you could!
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
Amazing laid back jazz album. Easy to listen to attentively as well as as background music.
Nice smooth Jazz. Enjoyed it.
Amazing, really enjoyable, nothing I didn't like
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.
What a lovely, funky, jazz album! Really cool with the organ. Best track: Minor Chant.
Really chill and easy listening. Surprised at how early this was too, I’m a fan
Great and smooth background music
det här var ett gött hyffsat melodiskt jazz-album som var lagom långt. gillart.
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.
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
Jazzy instrumentals, pretty groovy
Great Jazz album. Loved the guitar and sax especially. Great use of electric organ. Simple yet complex album. Dug it a lot
Not what I expected based on the cover, but surprisingly smooth jazzy sounds
I had never heard this before but very much enjoyed it!
Great Blues/Jazz album
More great jazz
Hammond and sax jazz grooves
Very nice album. The organ sound is great in the first song.
Can't wait to go back to the Chicken Shack. I liked this a lot. 4/5
The taxi process to the runway at Charlotte Douglas was nearly as long as this album.
I had fun with this one
Really solid jazz combo album. Not much more to say. Favorite Track(s): “When I Grow Too Old To Dream”
Enjoyed it. The tracks faded into each other but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Really chilled out ambient music.
very smooth background
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
Really enjoyed this. Excellent to clean the bathroom to.
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!
Liked it! Jazz. Nice.
Low-key blues with a classy lounge aesthetic. Like eating soul food in an Eames chair.
Very good sounding album, I only wish it were longer.
Sweet! Amazing organ. I often dislike sax tracks, but "When I Grow Too Old to Dream" is a beauty!
Laid back, groovy, ticks a lot of boxes.
Good, calming and charming jazz. I will probably come back to it, when I will tired after long day.
Admittedly not the most engaging listen, but great soothing jazz for background noise from great players!
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!
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
Ah, Jazz de Lousiana. Ese Hammon bendito.
Great listen, not a jazz person, but it sounded amazing
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.
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.
Good easy jazz
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.
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
Nonstop Jazz, I like it!
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.
Judging by the album cover, I wasn’t expecting much at all. But this is some lovely chill jazz. Nice.
A deeply foundational sound I think. I feel like I've heard a thousand samples from this.
Jazz instrumental. Muy bueno.
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
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
some very enjoyable blues
Great light jazz. Could have listened to twice if I had the time
slinky grooves, great musicians, fabulous Hammond organ - what's not to love?
finger lickin' good
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
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!
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.
That was very easy listening
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!
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
Really enjoyed the title track especially. Just a good, solid album. Love a little jazz.
Thanks Jimmy. Good chicken
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
An enjoyable jazzy romp
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.
Excelente opção de clima com o instrumental envolvente.
I liked this more than I did birth of the cool
Really relaxing listen. Great to do some work to or just to listen and wind down. "Messy Bessie" my favourite song on the album.
Nice blues/jazz sound. Quite enjoyed. Great organ and sax. Solid B.
Very solid, very chill jazz record.
decent, and musically all well put together, but can't really think of any circumstance where i'd play this whole thing
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.
-Very solid groovy instrumental. I like the keyboard and trumpet parts
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.
Love the B3 and dig this record. Great for background tunes, or really paying attention in headphones.
Groovy, chill vibe. Loved it. Fave Songs: Back at the Chicken Shack, When I Grow Too Old to Dream
I'm only attending parties that have this playing in the background from now on.
Super goed hammond album, altijd voor in
Ooohhh, me gusta el jazz y este disco es preciso. 4 temas, pero nunca aburre.
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.
Really enjoyed this
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.
Very enjoyable jazz album. Laid back. By the numbers. Just how it should be.
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.
Very chill funk jazz with an early 70’s sound
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
Top Notch Jazz right there.
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
good jazz, if a little basic
Soul jazz, lækkert, helt glat, elguitar
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.
Pretty good Jazz
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)
Soundillisesti tosi lähellä samana vuonna ilmestynyttä Booker T & the MG’sin Green Onionsia. Tää on mulle tuntematon herkku 4/5
Not bad, if a little repetitive. Enjoyable sound though
Incredibly smooth, grooving music. Great listen!
Fun way to groove right into a Friday morning. Some smokin' organ playing going on here which definitely kept me interested throughout.
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
Ya like jazz?
Enjoyed it more than I expected
This shit goes man.
Master of the jazz organ bass pedals.
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.
Not what I thought it would be but not bad
Hmmm... I think I might like jazz. This is beautiful background music that has a deep calming effect.
I only own 2 Jimmy Smith albums & this is one of them. Recorded in 1960 for Blue Note, it really swings and is very much an ensemble album. The great guitarist Kenny Burrell features on half the 4 tracks. But I reckon it’s as much Stanley Turrentine’s album. His tenor playing embellishes the whole record. By contrast, the other album I have is a 1967 album he did for Verve, titled Respect, and the difference in Smith’s approach is marked. It’s very funky. Four of the five tracks are covers of soul/funk standards of the day, and it’s very much a Jimmy Smith album. And there are no horns. It’s all about the organ. This reflects the development of his taste through the 60’s. But it doesn’t detract from the greatness of Back At The Chicken Shack - a wonderful listen.
I almost always enjoy an organ trio or quartet, especially ones with a good guitarist in the mix. Big fan of Medesko Martin and Wood, to name one group clearly indebted the “The Incredible” Jimmy Smith. But I’d never gone looking into the history of where it all came from. I’d be curious to know why they picked this out of all his albums (about 100, I gather). I’d love to follow this up by listening to his collaboration with Wes Montgomery, for example. But this album was thoroughly enjoyable, without ever making me go “oh wow”. 4 stars.
Love the cover art. I have a special place for the Hammond B3 Organ.
Grooving to the sweet organ sounds. Somehow I missed out on the Jimmy Smith phenomenon. Will have to listen to some more of his MANY albums.
Nothing big to see here, just a big ol' happy funk jazz album. And in the really rainy day that was yesterday, when I listened to this album, that's all that I needed :)
I love discovering new music, especially for genres I love like jazz. Incredible stuff here. B+
Pretty good. I like bebop and modal stuff much more than this type of soul jazz, but there were still lots of great moments in here. Loved the back and forth with the sax and Hammond organ, and overall just liked the very mellow vibe, even during some of the more complicated solos.
Organ is rad
Great jazzy background album for when you want to chill. The five songs are quite long, but with this kind of music this is totally fine.