This is a 1960 Blue Note New York Label Stereo Original pressing with Van Gelder stamps and the "ear" in the dead wax. (For the uninitiated, the "ear" is actually a P representing the Plastylite pressing plant; these pressings are typically highly sought after by Blue Note collectors. Check the zoomed-in pic so you can keep your eyes peeled for it in your own adventures.) I'm a huge fan of the old-school Hammond organ sound and Smith is one of the masters. Here he's joined by a lineup of greats that include Kenny Burrell, Lee Morgan, Art Blakey, Lou Donaldson and more. The sound is quite good and the vinyl plays quietly, with just a bit of light surface noise peeking through in some quieter moments.
4 stars Allmusic: "Smith constantly proves himself the most inventive organist of the bop generation."
Vinyl: VG+ (very clean)
Cover: VG+ (tiny corner bumps but really gorgeous)
Play notes: Tough to find Blue Note "ear" pressings that play this well!
We prefer to overdeliver and therefore grade conservatively. Our scale runs Near Mint (NM), Excellent (EX), Very Good Plus (VG+), Very Good (VG), Good Plus (G+), Good (G).