Midnight Special (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series) (Vinyl LP)

Vinyl LP


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One of two essential soul jazz albums Hammond organ supremo Jimmy Smith recorded in a single day in 1960, Midnight Special is rightfully considered to be a Blue Note classic. Part of a series of painstakingly remastered Blue Note gems, this reissue features timeless contributions from jazz giants Stanley Turrentine on tenor sax, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Donald Bailey on drums. Pressed to 180 gram vinyl, and refreshed and reproduced from the original tapes, let the Midnight Special shine a light on you! - Flying Out

It’s a testament to Jimmy Smith’s volcanic creativity that the Hammond B3 organ firebrand recorded not one but two soul jazz classics—Midnight Special and Back at the Chicken Shack—in a single day when he entered Van Gelder Studio on April 25, 1960 with Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Donald Bailey on drums. Smith had been a self-taught pianist before abandoning the instrument in 1954 in favor of the organ, renting a Philadelphia warehouse, and woodshedding for a year until he emerged with a revolutionary style that immediately caught the ear of Alfred Lion. The Blue Note boss dubbed him The Incredible Jimmy Smith and recorded the B3 innovator as frequently as he could between 1956-1963. Midnight Special opens with the soulful title track which chugs along at a laid-back pace giving ample space for Smith, Turrentine, and Burrell to state their case. Other highlights of the set include the up-tempo burner Jumpin’ the Blues and a deeply felt ballad performance of the standard Why Was I Born?

This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is stereo, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.


1. Midnight Special
2. A Subtle One
3. Jumpin' The Blues
4. Why Was I Born
5. One O'Clock Jump