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Higher Ground (Johnny Hammond album)

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Released  1974
Higher Ground (1973)  Gambler's Life (1974)
Release date  1974
Label  Kudu
Length  35:56
Artist  Johnny "Hammond" Smith
Producer  Creed Taylor
Genre  Jazz
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Recorded  October 31 and November 1, 1973 Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Similar  Johnny "Hammond" Smith albums, Jazz albums

Higher ground johnny hammond

Higher Ground is an album by jazz organist Johnny Hammond recorded for the Kudu label in 1973.


Johnny hammond higher ground


The Allmusic site awarded the album 2 stars stating "Some of the arrangements seem, well... arranged, but as soon as Smith kicks in, the groove is established".

The song "Big Sur Suite" has been sampled multiple times including The Beastie Boys "Pass the Mic" and Dr. Dre in "A Nigga Wit a Gun".

Track listing

  1. "Catch My Soul" (Jack Good, Tony Joe White) - 7:19
  2. "Summertime/The Ghetto" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward/Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson) - 10:06
  3. "Higher Ground" (Stevie Wonder) - 10:33
  4. "Big Sur Suite" (Johnny "Hammond" Smith) - 9:04


  • Johnny Hammond - organ, electric piano
  • Wayne Andre, Tony Studd - trombone
  • Paul Faulise, Alan Raph - bass trombone
  • Jon Faddis, John Frosk, Alan Rubin - trumpet
  • Marvin Stamm - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Ray Alonge - French horn
  • Joe Henderson - tenor saxophone
  • Hank Crawford - alto saxophone (track 4)
  • Eddie Daniels - clarinet
  • Romeo Penque - alto flute, oboe
  • Eli Carmen - bassoon
  • Bob James - electric piano, organ, mellotron, arranger, conductor
  • George Benson - guitar (tracks 2-4)
  • Ron Carter - bass, electric bass
  • Jack DeJohnette (track 4), Steve Gadd (tracks 1-3) - drums
  • Phil Kraus, Ralph MacDonald - percussion
  • Production

  • Creed Taylor - producer
  • Rudy Van Gelder - engineer
  • Songs

    1Catch My Soul7:17
    2Summertime / The Ghetto9:52
    3Higher Ground10:32


    Higher Ground (Johnny Hammond album) Wikipedia

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