Nick's Bump

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Nick's Bump
Studio album by Ben Sidran
Released 17 Feb 2004
Recorded 28 – 29 Jun 2003
Genre Smooth jazz
Length 44:07
Language English
Label Nardis Records
Producer Ben Sidran

Nick's Bump is a smooth jazz album by American keyboardist and jazz vocalist Ben Sidran, released in 2004. It is Sidran's twenty sixth album, and his first release with his independent label Nardis Records.[1]


While Sidran's reputation as a keyboardist had been well established by the time it was released, Nick's Bump represented his first effort at an instrumental album.[2] The tracks are presented as a "party mix" of cool tunes to be accompanied by a "Nick's Bump" drink, the recipe for which is included in the CD notes.[3]

The album's songs were written by a litany of jazz lyricists, most notably Eddie Harris who is represented in three songs including "Listen Here", the first single track from the 1967 second place R&B chart topper The Electrifying Eddie Harris.

In a style that would later be echoed by such works as Dylan Different, the album was recorded live without alterations.[4]

Track listing[edit]

The album is an Enhanced CD, as such it contains a mix of CD audio and computer video files.

Audio tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Little Sherry"   Charlie Rouse, Ben Sidran 3:30
2. "Cryin' Blues"   Eddie Harris 4:36
3. "Black Jack"   Donald Byrd 7:12
4. "Blue Parther"   Sidran 5:02
5. "The Cats"   Sidran 0:20
6. "Zambia"   Lee Morgan 6:00
7. "Mean Greens"   Harris 5:08
8. "Listen Here"   Harris 5:51
9. "Blue Minor"   Sonny Clark 6:28
10. "Nicks's Bump"   Bob Rockwell 4:05

Computer videos[edit]

  • The How and Why of Nick's Bump, video interview
  • You Can't Judge a Book (A Great Rhythm Section)



  • Ben Sidran – Hammond Organ, Worlitzer Electric Piano
  • Louka Patenaude – Guitar
  • Billy Peterson – Bass
  • Bob Rockwell – Tenor Saxophone, Flute
  • Leo Sidran – Drums, Percussion[5]


  • Mark Haines – Engineer


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]

Writing for AllMusic, Alex Henderson comments that the musical style "unfortunately, didn't restore the mass appeal that jazz enjoyed during the Great Depression and World War II", but concedes "it was a noble effort".

With reference to Sidran's previous work, Henderson concludes that the album "falls short of essential but is still an infectious, enjoyably funky demonstration of what he can do in an instrumental setting."[2]


  1. ^ "Ben Sidran's Discography". Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  2. ^ a b c Henderson, Alex. Nick's Bump – Ben Sidran at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  3. ^ "Ben Sidran, Nick's Bump". Rambles.NET. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  4. ^ "Ben Sidran – Nick's Bump – CDBaby". CDBaby. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  5. ^ "Ben Sidran's Nick's Bump". Retrieved 2012-03-04. 


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