1. Jimmy Smith – Respect: Recorded, June 2 & 14 1967 on Verve. Released in 1967, Respect was fairly commercial during it’s initial run, peaking at number 60 on Billboard Top 200, number 3 on Billboard Top R&B Albums and number 5 on Billboard Top Jazz Albums. Recommended!!
2. Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery – The Dynamic Duo: Recorded, September 21, 23 & 28 1966 on Verve. Released in 1966 to favorable reviews by critics and considered a jazz classic by fans. Guest musicians include the like of: Ray Barretto on congas, Clark Terry on trumpet, Richard Davis on bass, Phil Woods on reeds and Melba Liston on trombone. Highly Recommended!!!
3. Maxwell – Urban Hang Suite: Released, April 2, 1996 on Columbia and was Maxwell’s debut album. Maxwell’s break-through hit was the funky second single Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder), which received heavy rotation on r&b and pop radio stations. Urban Hang Suite is a 90’s neo-soul masterpiece and has helped the new genre obtain commercial visibility. Urban Hang Suite peaked at number 37 on Billboard Top 200 and number 8 on Billboard R&B Albums. Highly Recommended!!!!
4. Les McCann & Eddie Harris – Swiss Movement: Recorded, June 21 1969 at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Released, 1969 on Atlantic Swiss Movement is a soul-jazz live classic. The impromptu concert between McCann & Harris produced the mega hit “Compared To What“. Swiss Movement peaked at number 1 on Billboard Jazz Albums, number 2 on Billboard R&B Albums and number 29 on Billboard Top 200. Recommended!!!
7. Carmen McRae – Just A Little Lovin: Released, March 1970 on Atlantic and was McRae’s fourth and final record for the label. During the late sixties, early seventies a lot of jazz vocalist were making pop oriented record: striving to capture the young generation of that time. McRae, made her share of pop records, however, Just A Little Lovin has more of an soul edge. Musicians on the Atlantic session include: The Dixie Flyers Studio Band, King Curtis and The Sweet Inspirations. Recommended!!