The Stinger (album)

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The Stinger
The Stinger (album).jpg
Studio album by Johnny "Hammond" Smith
Released 1965
Recorded May 7, 1965
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 32:03
Label Prestige
PR 7408
Producer Cal Lampley
Johnny "Hammond" Smith chronology
A Little Taste
The Stinger
The Stinger Meets the Golden Thrush

The Stinger is an album by jazz organist Johnny "Hammond" Smith recorded for the Prestige label in 1965.[1][2]


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

The Allmusic site awarded the album 3 stars stating "The Stinger is worth picking up for its cover alone -- for reasons beyond comprehension, the pop-art sleeve sports a vintage drawing of the classic DC Comics hero Green Lantern, bizarrely re-colored to feature a red and yellow costume. A casual, after-hours insouciance permeates the grooves inside -- although the arrangements and mood fit squarely within the soul jazz tradition, the performances also bear a dusky allure rooted firmly in the blues".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Johnny "Hammond" Smith except as indicated

  1. "The Stinger" - 6:40
  2. "There Is No Greater Love" (Isham Jones, Marty Symes) - 5:30
  3. "Brother John" - 3:55
  4. "Cleopatra and the African Knight" - 4:55
  5. "You Don't Know What Love Is" (Gene de Paul, Don Raye) - 6:50
  6. "Benny's Diggin'" - 4:15




  1. ^ Prestige Records discography accessed April 24, 2013
  2. ^ Johnny "Hammond" Smith discography accessed April 24, 2013
  3. ^ a b Ankeney, J. Allmusic listing accessed April 24, 2013.