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Monster (Jimmy Smith album)

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Released  1965
Artist  Jimmy Smith
Producer  Rudy Van Gelder
Genre  Jazz
Length  31:26 CD reissue
Release date  1965
Label  Verve Records
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Recorded  January 19-20, 1965 Van Gelder Studio, Englewood, New Jersey
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Monster is an album by American jazz organist Jimmy Smith arranged by Oliver Nelson.


On the Billboard albums chart, Monster peaked at number 35, and at 5 on the top R&B albums chart.

Writer Gerald Majer critiqued Monster in his 2013 book of essays, The Velvet Lounge: On Late Chicago Jazz.


AllMusic awarded the album two stars and its review by Scott Yanow stated that "Due to the material, which includes the two-part "Goldfinger", and the themes from Bewitched, The Munsters and The Man with the Golden Arm, this is one of organist Jimmy Smith's lesser recordings. The LP does have some reasonably inventive arrangements for the accompanying big band by Oliver Nelson and some spirited organ playing, but overall is a rather forgettable and overproduced effort."

Track listing

  1. "Goldfinger (Part 1)" (Anthony Newley, John Barry, Leslie Bricusse) - 2:45
  2. "Goldfinger (Part 2)" (Newley, Barry, Bricusse) - 2:45
  3. "St. James Infirmary Blues" (Joe Primose) - 6:00
  4. "Gloomy Sunday" (Rezső Seress, Sam M. Lewis) - 5:00
  5. "Theme From Bewitched" (Howard Greenfield, Jack Keller) - 3:04
  6. "Theme From The Munsters" (Jack Marshall) - 3:30
  7. "Theme From The Man with the Golden Arm" (Elmer Bernstein) - 4:30
  8. "The Creeper" (Oliver Nelson) - 5:30
  9. "Monlope" (Jimmy Smith) - 6:15


  • Jimmy Smith – organ
  • Oliver Nelson - arranger, conductor
  • Richard Davis - double bass
  • Grady Tate - drums
  • Kenny Burrell - guitar
  • Warren Smith - percussion
  • Robert Ashton - saxophone
  • Budd Johnson
  • Jerome Richardson
  • Phil Woods
  • Danny Banks - wind instruments
  • Raymond Beckenstein
  • George Dorsey
  • Harvey Estrin
  • Rudy Van Gelder - engineer
  • Songs

    1Goldfinger - Part 12:45
    2Goldfinger - Part 22:45
    3St James Infirmary6:00


    Monster (Jimmy Smith album) Wikipedia

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