Watch the Buck Buck online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Blues Alchemy: Post-War

Jimmy Smith’s origin story reads like something out of a Marvel comic. Having gotten his start performing as a child and already a working jazz pianist by the early 1950's, in 1954 he bought a Hammond organ, disappeared into a rented warehouse space to practice, and emerged a year later as the creator of an entirely new approach to the instrument. To check out Smith’s synthesis of blues groove and jazz sophistication, start with 1959’s Home Cookin’, which features Kenny Burrell on guitar and a hefty dose of 12-bar tracks at various tempos.