Midnight Special (Jimmy Smith album)

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Midnight Special
Midnight Special (Jimmy Smith album).jpg
Studio album by Jimmy Smith
Released November 1961
Recorded April 25, 1960
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 36:43
Label Blue Note
BST 84078
Producer Alfred Lion
Jimmy Smith chronology
Plain Talk
(1960)Plain Talk1960
Midnight Special
Back at the Chicken Shack
(1963)Back at the Chicken Shack1963

Midnight Special is an album by American jazz organist Jimmy Smith featuring performances recorded in 1960 and released on the Blue Note label.[1] The album was recorded at the same session which produced Back at the Chicken Shack (1960).


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 5 stars calling it "Highly recommended".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Down Beat 3/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 2.5/4 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Jimmy Smith except as indicated
  1. "Midnight Special" - 9:57
  2. "A Subtle One" (Turrentine) - 7:44
  3. "Jumpin' the Blues" (Walter Brown, Jay McShann, Parker) - 5:27
  4. "Why Was I Born?" (Hammerstein II, Kern) - 6:35
  5. "One O'Clock Jump" (Basie) - 7:00



  1. ^ Blue Note discography accessed November 26, 2010
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed November 26, 2010
  3. ^ Down Beat: March 1, 1962 vol. 29, no. 5
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1312. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. 
  5. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 183. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.