[obit] Jimmy Smith

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#1 Wed, 2005-02-09 13:39
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[obit] Jimmy Smith

Legendary Hammond B-3 organ player Jimmy Smith died yesterday (Feb. 8) = at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., apparently of natural causes. He was 79.

Smith began playing his trademark Hammond B3 organ in the early '50s. By = the '60s, he was both a workhorse and a frequent name on the Billboard album chart, thanks to such titles as "Organ Grinder Swing" and "Hobo Flats." Smith became forever linked to a new generation of listeners after the Beastie Boys sampled his "Root Down" for their track of the same name on = the 1994 album "Ill Communication."

http://www.billboard.com/bb/daily/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=3D10= 00797 113

Jazz organist Jimmy Smith passed away Tuesday at the age of 76, = apparently having died in his sleep during an afternoon nap.=20

The legendary musician was a hugely influential figure in music, whose = style of play affected not only his own genre=20 but others, including hip-hop. DJs and producers often sample his = soulful riffs; among the songs on which Smith's music appears are the Beastie = Boys' "Root Down" and A Tribe Called Quest's "Push It Along."=20

Smith played piano before switching to the organ in the early 1950s, and = his innovative style of playing the Hammond B-3 organ helped revolutionize = the sound of jazz while he was recording for influential record labels like = Blue Note and Verve.=20

Smith's manager, Bob Clayton, discovered the musician's body at around = 1:30 p.m. at his Phoenix-area home, where he had taken a nap while watching television. He said Smith had been in generally good health and that the night before he seemed in positive spirits.=20

The body is being flown to Philadelphia, where the musician was born and raised. Details on services will be announced by the family shortly.=20

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1496736/20050209/smith_jimmy_1_.jhtml?he= adl ines=3Dtrue

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