Straight Life (Jimmy Smith album)

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Straight Life
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Studio album by Jimmy Smith
Released 2007
Recorded June 22, 1961
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre Jazz
Length 50:12
Label Blue Note BST 85192
Producer Alfred Lion
Jimmy Smith chronology
Back at the Chicken Shack
Straight Life
Plays Fats Waller

Straight Life is an album by American jazz organist Jimmy Smith featuring performances recorded in 1961 but not released on the Blue Note label until 2007.[1]


The AllMusic review by Al Campbell awarded the album 3½ stars stating "Although not in the same league as Midnight Special or Prayer Meetin', it's great to hear this long lost hard bop session from the master of the Hammond B-3".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Jimmy Smith except as indicated
  1. "Straight Life" - 5:09
  2. "Stuffy" (Coleman Hawkins) - 5:09
  3. "Stardust" (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish) - 6:03
  4. "Sweet Sue, Just You" (Will Harris, V. Young) - 4:52
  5. "Minor Fare" - 5:39
  6. "Swanee" (Irving Caesar, George Gershwin) - 2:28
  7. "Jimmy's Blues" - 5:43
  8. "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) - 4:59
  9. "Here's to My Lady" (Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer) - 4:55
  10. "Minor Fare" [alternate take] - 5:15
  • Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on June 22, 1961



  1. ^ Blue Note discography accessed November 29, 2010
  2. ^ a b Campbell, A. Allmusic Review accessed November 29, 2010