Dot Com Blues is a stone-cold soul picnic. From the first note of this cozy little CD, Jimmy Smith is deftly twiddling the keys with a purpose and making you smile. Mercy! The organ grinder is back swingin'! Jimmy Smith's got those Dot Com Blues and we are the lucky ones who get to hear about them. With the help of blues doctors like Etta James, Dr. John, B.B. King, Taj Mahal, and Keb Mo, adding vocals and some of their own tunes to Jimmy's, I am betting that he cures those blues might fast, or slow, as it goes. This is a great CD, folks, filled with clean production and sprinkled with the Texicali Horns for extra measure. The really nice thing about adding this peppering of great blues talent to an already legendary Hammond B-3 player like Jimmy Smith is that you change up the feel of the music with almost every tune. Each artist brings his or her own soul and song to the party. Jimmy doesn't sing but if you listen carefully you can hear his patented "soul mumbles" underneath when he solos. In the opener, a soothing, shuffle-groove of "Only In It For The Money" the organ master adds the vocal talents of funk and hip stylist Dr. John, who wrote this tune. Dr. John is all over this like a New Orleans' beanbag chair that feels "right and tight." On another tune, "Strut", written and sung by Taj Mahal and layered by Jimmy Smith's organ interplay. It sounds like a blues groove but has loads of soul inside. Guitarist Russell Malone, who plays on 6 of the tunes on this CD, ads inventive yet historic jazz phrases, stinging at times and T-bone shuffling the next. But it's Taj's singing that makes you bop, smile and grin, especially when he does the singing-strutter-stutter thing--
"ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-baby ,baby, baby, she say, d-d-d-d-daddy, daddy that's all right with me"
"ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-baby, baby, baby, she say, d-d-d-d-daddy, daddy that's all right with me"
"you know, you know, you know, you know you can have my juicy lovin',
"just don't throw it away in the deep blue sea." Straddling jazz and blues like he has for many years, Jimmy Smith is still has the defining chops for the organ. Whether filling in musical slots, accenting or flying, he has the defining sound for the Hammond B3. He plays a very soulful instrumental version of "C.C. Rider" that covers all of the registers in a jazz groove. His treatment of Ellington's "Mood Indigo" is just captivating. Prepare yourself for an 8:46 ride because this tune is guaranteed to put you in the mood. like Indigo. Malone's guitar implies visions of Wes Montgomery. When Etta James utters in that low register, "I just wanna make..... luuuuv to you", on this Willie Dixon classic, well, you get the idea. She always could make you feel the words and her contribution to this CD is no exception to that rule. Keb Mo's tune, Over and Over, further illustrates why many feel he is the number one blues attraction on the scene today. A great song, a great singer and Jimmy Smith is the gravy to this sauce. Then B.B. King offers up a vintage version of his "Three O'clock Blues". B.B. King is still righteous. I would imagine that all serious organ players have worshipped at the alter of Jimmy Smith at one time or another. Dot Com Blues represents another message in the groove sermon of organ blues. For music lovers, it's a keeper.