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
(1963)A Little Taste1963
The Stinger
The Stinger Meets the Golden Thrush
(1966)The Stinger Meets the Golden Thrush1966

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.