The Ad Lib Series, now available to stream for the first time, is a collection of 46 concert TV programs presenting the best Jazz, Pop and Blues artists showcasing their skills with a Jazz flair. Seen on TV internationally, Ad Lib (filmed in 1980) was the first musical television series recorded in Stereo.
1. Organ Grinder Swing
2. It’s All Right With Me
3. Midnight Special
4. Off The Top
About Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith, born James Oscar Smith on December 8, 1925, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, was a groundbreaking American jazz musician known for his mastery of the Hammond B-3 organ. His innovative playing style and unique sound revolutionized the role of the organ in jazz, blending elements of bebop, blues, and gospel.
Smith began his music career as a pianist and switched to organ in the early 1950s. He studied at the Hamilton School of Music and the Ornstein School of Music in Philadelphia. In 1956, he signed with Blue Note Records, where he released several albums that would become jazz classics, including “The Incredible Jimmy Smith at the Organ” and “The Sermon!” These early recordings showcased his virtuosity and laid the foundation for his influential approach to the organ.
Throughout his career, Smith collaborated with many prominent jazz artists, such as Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, and Kenny Burrell. He also formed a notable partnership with guitarist Wes Montgomery, culminating in the critically acclaimed album “The Dynamic Duo.” In the 1960s and 1970s, Smith continued to explore different musical styles, incorporating elements of funk, soul, and R&B into his jazz compositions.
As a bandleader, Jimmy Smith led various ensembles, often featuring a combination of organ, guitar, and drums. His extensive discography, consisting of more than 70 albums, has been a significant influence on generations of musicians across various genres. The innovative techniques he developed, such as using the organ’s bass pedals for walking bass lines, have become standard practice in jazz organ performance.
Smith received numerous accolades during his lifetime, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. He continued to perform and record music until his death on February 8, 2005, leaving behind a rich legacy as one of the most important figures in jazz organ history.