With a fat, dynamics-busting horns and woodwinds section utterly transforming the standard sound of Jimmy Smith's trio, ANY NUMBER CAN WIN may bear more of a resemblance to Henry Mancini than to the rootsy grooves one has come to expect from Smith. Which is not to say that the disc doesn't swing; quite the opposite. Smith's Hammond organ sound is oozy enough to liquefy bones, and his powerful, syncopation-addicted right hand intensifies the effect. Guest musicians turn in fine performances, including guitarist Kenny Burrell and the 20 or so members that make up the larger ensemble.
The mood of ANY NUMBER CAN WIN alternates from the finger-popping big band interlude of "You Came A Long Way From St. Louis," to slinky boogie-inducers like "The Ape Woman" and the title track (theme song from an MGM movie), ballads like "Georgia On My Mind" and cool electric blues like "The Sermon" and the cover of Ray Charles "What'd I Say?" While perhaps a bit too uber-groovy for jazz purists, those who are looking for instrumental a-go-gos in true swinging 60's style won't be disappointed in this release. One of Verve's most popular discs, recently re-issued on Verve By Request.
V/V6 8552 Jimmy Smith - Any Number Can Win
Jimmy Maxwell, Joe Newman, Charlie Shavers (tp) Jimmy Cleveland, Melba Liston, Kai Winding (tb) Paul Faulise (btb) Jerry Dodgion, Phil Woods (as) Budd Johnson, Sheldon Powell (ts) Marvin Halladay (bars) Jimmy Smith (org) Kenny Burrell (g) Art Davis (b) Herbie Lovelle (d) George Devens (per)
NYC, July 10, 1963
63VK495 G'won Train
63VK498 You Came A Long Way From St. Louis
Snooky Young (tp) Bob Bushnell (el-b) replaces Shavers
NYC, July 17, 1963
63VK502 Blues For C.A.
63VK503 The Ape Woman
Joe Newman, James Sedlar (tp) Jerome Richardson (as, ts, bars) Budd Johnson (ts) Jimmy Smith (org) Kenny Burrell, Vince Gambella, Billy Mure (g) Milt Hinton (b) Bob Bushnell (el-b) Bobby Donaldson (d) Doug Allen, Art Marotti (per) Claus Ogerman (arr, dir)
NYC, July 25, 1963
63VK516 Theme From "Any Number Can Win"
63VK518 Georgia On My Mind
Jimmy Smith (org) Kenny Burrell (g) George Duvivier (b) Mel Lewis (d)
NYC, July 26, 1963
63VK524 What'd I Say?
NYC, July 29, 1963
63VK526 The Sermon
01 You Came a Long Way from St. Louis
02 The Ape Woman
03 Georgia on My Mind
04 G'won Train
05 Theme from Any Number Can Win
06 What'd I Say
07 The Sermon
10 Blues for C.A.