As a fan of organ groups and soul jazz I’m always looking for nicer copies of Jimmy Smith LPs, but this session was one of particular interest to me because of Grant Green’s presence in the guitar chair. It’s a can’t lose combination that doesn’t disappoint. It delivered exactly what I expected with no surprises, which in this case anyway, is just fine with me.
With no luck in the bins, I turned online for this copy. As usual it was graded somewhat optimistically, but is still a solid copy for the price I paid. It looks to be an original early Liberty pressing with the blue and white label and no “p” in the deadwax. Unfortunately someone scribbled on the front with marker, marring an otherwise nice cover.
(Details: Blue Note BLP 4255 mono/Liberty/Van Gelder/no “p”)