Jimmy Smith – Back At The Chicken Shack (1961)

Back at the Chicken Shack is an album by Jimmy Smith. It was recorded in 1960 and released in 1963 on the Blue Note label. Smith recorded the album at the same session as his previous album Midnight Special. Fittingly, he wears the same red shirt on both album covers

Track Listing:

1. “Back at the Chicken Shack”
2. “When I Grow Too Old to Dream”
3. “Minor Chant”
4. “Messy Bessie”

Review: Back at the Chicken Shack is one of organist Jimmy Smith’s classic Blue Note sessions, and the first to draw attention to tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. Recorded in 1960 with Kenny Burrell on guitar, Donald Bailey on drums, and Turrentine, the group reaches the peak of funky soul jazz that all other challengers of the genre would have to live up to. Included on this uptempo session is a reworking of “When I Grow Too Old to Dream” (a feature for Turrentine), Turrentine’s “Minor Chant,” two Smith compositions, “Messy Bessie” as well as the set’s notable title cut. Smith’s Midnight Special album was recorded at these same sessions, and is also exceptional. — AL Campbell

Schill Score: 8/10

This is also a song that has been frequently covered by Phish

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