Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

February 10, 2005

Jimmy Smith, 79, an award-winning jazz organist who was considered a pioneer with the instrument, died Tuesday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Smith ruled the Hammond B-3 organ in the 1950s and 1960s, fusing rhythm and blues, blues and gospel influences with bebop references.

His sessions with Blue Note from 1956 to 1963 included collaborations with Kenny Burrell, Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, Tina Brooks, Jackie McLean, Ike Quebec and Stanley Turrentine.

An album with fellow organist Joey DeFrancesco, Legacy, is scheduled for release next week.

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