Softly as a Summer Breeze

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Softly as a Summer Breeze
Softly as a Summer Breeze.jpg
Studio album by Jimmy Smith
Released 1965
Recorded February 26, 1958
October 14, 1958 (Bonus tracks)
Genre Jazz
Length 49:32
Label Blue Note
Producer Alfred Lion
Jimmy Smith chronology
The Sermon!
(1957)The Sermon!1957
Softly as a Summer Breeze
Cool Blues
(1958)Cool Blues1958

Softly as a Summer Breeze is an album by American jazz organist Jimmy Smith featuring performances recorded in 1958 but not released on the Blue Note label until 1965.[1] The album was rereleased on CD with four bonus tracks recorded at a later session.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars stating "Softly As a Summer Breeze is one of Jimmy Smith's more obscure Blue Notes... Overall, this CD is not too essential, but it does fill in a few gaps".[2]

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

Track listing[edit]

  1. "These Foolish Things" (Harry Link, Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey) - 5:27
  2. "Hackensack" (Thelonious Monk) - 5:58
  3. "It Could Happen to You" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) - 6:16
  4. "Sometimes I'm Happy" (Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans) - 8:21
  5. "Someone to Watch Over Me" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 6:30
  6. "One for Philly Joe" [aka "Home Cookin'"] (Jimmy Smith) - 4:46
  7. "Willow Weep for Me" (Ann Ronell) - 3:24 Bonus track on CD reissue
  8. "Ain't No Use" (Leroy Kirkland, Sidney Wyche) - 2:40 Bonus track on CD reissue
  9. "Angel Eyes" (Earl Brent, Matt Dennis) - 3:25 Bonus track on CD reissue
  10. "Ain't That Love" (Ray Charles) - 2:45 Bonus track on CD reissue
  • Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey on February 26, 1958 (tracks 1-6) and October 14, 1958 (tracks 7-10)



  1. ^ Blue Note discography accessed November 29, 2010
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed November 26, 2010