Vibes and organ galore – 2 albums on 1 CD from the team of Johnny
Hammond Smith and Freddie McCoy! First up is Stimulation – a great lost groover on Prestige, and an album that puts the soulful organ of Johnny
Hammond Smith into contact with the groovy vibes of Freddie McCoy – one of the label's best under-reissued players! The tracks have a nice raw soul jazz sound – and the combination of vibes and organ is quite unique here – somewhat different than the same approach used by Johnny Lytle
during the same time – with a wider, more open-ended sensibility overall! Other players on the set include Eddie McFadden on guitar, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Leo Stevens on drums – and the whole album's got a relaxed, easygoing feel that still manages to get plenty of grit in the grooves. Titles include some good originals like "Ribs N Chips", "Sticks an' Stones", and "Que Pasa?" – plus versions of "Cry Me A River", "Invitation", and "Spring Is Here". Opus De Funk is not funk, as the title might imply – but a set that's still plenty darn soulful overall – thanks to great Hammond from Johnny
Smith, and some wicked vibes from the legendary Freddie McCoy! The set's one of the first Prestige sessions for McCoy – an artist who's never fully gotten his due – and his vibes work here is nicely hard, almost strikingly harsh at times – with a chromatic, metallic sound that's almost more present than the organ at points. Other players include Eddie McFadden on guitar, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Leo Stevens on drums – and titles include "Sad Eyes", "Opus De Funk", "Shirley's Theme", and "If Someone Had Told Me".