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The organ combo sound was created almost single-handedly by B-3 wizard Jimmy Smith in the mid-1950s. Best known to guitarists through his tight musical relationship with Kenny Burrell, Smith’s long string of Blue Note albums created, sustained and cemented the sound of B-3, guitar, drums and maybe a horn player or two cooking on a groove-oriented, bop-inflected mix of standards, shuffles and slow blues.
But even as musicians in this vein strove for as "down-home" a vibe as possible, they still relied on riff-based uptempo tunes to lighten the mood, giving a nod back towards the good-time dance sound of jump blues musicians like hitmaker Louis Jordan and Midwestern swing aggregations like the Count Basie band. And altoist Lou Donaldson maintained his bebop finesse even in the grooviest of situations, as his many '60s and '70s LPs make clear.