Rudy Van Gelder
| 31:26 CD reissue|
| January 19-20, 1965
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood, New Jersey|
Organ Grinder Swing
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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."
Jimmy Smith – organ
Oliver Nelson - arranger, conductor
Richard Davis - double bass
Grady Tate - drums
Kenny Burrell - guitar
Warren Smith - percussion
Robert Ashton - saxophone
Danny Banks - wind instruments
Rudy Van Gelder - engineer
- "Goldfinger (Part 1)" (Anthony Newley, John Barry, Leslie Bricusse) - 2:45
- "Goldfinger (Part 2)" (Newley, Barry, Bricusse) - 2:45
- "St. James Infirmary Blues" (Joe Primose) - 6:00
- "Gloomy Sunday" (Rezső Seress, Sam M. Lewis) - 5:00
- "Theme From Bewitched" (Howard Greenfield, Jack Keller) - 3:04
- "Theme From The Munsters" (Jack Marshall) - 3:30
- "Theme From The Man with the Golden Arm" (Elmer Bernstein) - 4:30
- "The Creeper" (Oliver Nelson) - 5:30
- "Monlope" (Jimmy Smith) - 6:15
1Goldfinger - Part 12:45Monster (Jimmy Smith album) Wikipedia
2Goldfinger - Part 22:45
3St James Infirmary6:00