Cool Blues

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Cool Blues
Cool Blues (album).jpg
Live album by Jimmy Smith
Released 1980
Recorded April 7, 1958
Venue Small's Paradise, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 72:21
Label Blue Note
Producer Alfred Lion
Jimmy Smith chronology
Softly as a Summer Breeze
Cool Blues
Six Views of the Blues
CD reissue cover
Cool Blues reissue.jpg

Cool Blues is a live album by American jazz organist Jimmy Smith featuring performances recorded at Small's Paradise in New York City in 1958 but not released on the Blue Note label until 1980.[1] The album was rereleased on CD with three bonus tracks recorded at the same performance.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars stating

"The repertoire is filled with blues and bop standards, and the soloing is at a consistently high and hard-swinging level. Jimmy Smith fans will be pleased".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3/4 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Dark Eyes" (Traditional) – 11:43
  2. "Groovin' at Small's" (Babs Gonzales) – 12:01
  3. Announcements by Babs Gonzales – 0:26 Bonus track on CD reissue
  4. "A Night in Tunisia" (Dizzy Gillespie) – 17:04
  5. "Cool Blues" (Charlie Parker) – 11:07
  6. "What's New?" (Johnny Burke, Bob Haggart) – 6:18 Bonus track on CD reissue
  7. "Small's Minor" (Jimmy Smith) – 6:44 Bonus track on CD reissue
  8. "Once in a While" (Michael Edwards, Bud Green) – 6:46 Bonus track on CD reissue
    • Recorded at Small's Paradise in New York City on April 7, 1958





  1. ^ Blue Note discography accessed November 29, 2010
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed November 29, 2010
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1312. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. 
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 183. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.