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Groovin' At Small's Paradise (1957)

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Groovin' at Smalls' Paradise is a live album by American jazz organist Jimmy Smith featuring performances recorded at Small's Paradise in New York City in 1957 and originally released in two volumes on the Blue Note label.[1] The album was rereleased as a double CD with four bonus tracks recorded at the same performance.

The organ heard on this album is distinctive from most Jimmy Smith recordings in that the percussion on-off switch was either broken or Smith deliberately set the switch to a position halfway between on and off. This prevented the single-triggered percussion tone from decaying, Since the percussion tone is also not routed through the vibrato circuit, the effect is quite unusual.