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Monster is an album by American jazz organist Jimmy Smith arranged by Oliver Nelson.[1][2]

Monster
Monster Jimmy Smith.jpeg
Studio album by
Released1965
RecordedJanuary 19-20, 1965
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
GenreJazz
Length39:19
LabelVerve
V-8618
ProducerRudy Van Gelder
Jimmy Smith chronology
Christmas '64
(1964)
Monster
(1965)
Organ Grinder Swing
(1965)
Singles from Monster
  1. "Goldfinger (Part 1)"
    Released: February 1966

On the Billboard albums chart, Monster peaked at number 35, and at 5 on the top R&B albums chart.[3]

Writer Gerald Majer critiqued Monster in his 2013 book of essays, The Velvet Lounge: On Late Chicago Jazz.[4]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]

AllMusic awarded the album two stars and its review by Scott Yanow stated that:

"Due to the material, which includes the two-part "Goldfinger", and the themes from Bewitched, The Munsters and The Man with the Golden Arm, this is one of organist Jimmy Smith's lesser recordings. The LP does have some reasonably inventive arrangements for the accompanying big band by Oliver Nelson and some spirited organ playing, but overall is a rather forgettable and overproduced effort."[1]

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Chart performanceEdit

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Chart (1965) Peak
position
Total
weeks
U.S. Billboard 200 35[3] 24

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Monster". Allmusic. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  2. ^ Discogs accessed March 20, 2015
  3. ^ a b "Billboard 200 - Jimmy Smith". Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  4. ^ Gerald Majer (13 August 2013). The Velvet Lounge: On Late Chicago Jazz. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-51012-7.