The great jazz organist Jimmy Smith died on fat Tuesday.
Like many other great jazz musicians, Mr. Smith insisted that the key to finding his own sound was through studying musicians who did not play his instrument.
"While others think of the organ as a full orchestra," he wrote in a short piece for The Hammond Times in 1964, "I think of it as a horn. I've always been an admirer of Charlie Parker, and I try to sound like him. I wanted that single-line sound like a trumpet, a tenor or an alto saxophone."
Ratliff, Ben. "Jimmy Smith, Jazz Organist and Pioneer, Is Dead at 76." NY Times 10 February 2005.
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