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Home Cookin' is a 1959 album by Jimmy Smith, one of the premier organists in jazz. Its tracks were recorded in two sessions in 1958 and 1959. Home Cookin' is one of the most esteemed albums from Smith's Blue Note years.

Tracklist

Side One

  1. "See See Rider" (6:35)
  2. "Sugar Hill" (5:19)
  3. "I Got a Woman" (3:55)
  4. "Messin' Around" (5:55)

Side Two

  1. "Gracie" (5:54)
  2. "Come on Baby" (6:50)
  3. "Motorin' Along" (5:09)

Later bonus tracks

  1. "Since I Fell for You" - 4:19
  2. "Apostrophe" - 6:35
  3. "Groanin'" - 8:10
  4. "Motorin' Along" [alternate take] - 5:02
  5. "Since I Fell for You" [alternate take] - 6:27

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Home Tropin'

  • Alliterative Title: "See See Rider"
  • Big Applesauce: "Sugar Hill" is named after a Manhattan neighborhood.
  • Car Song: "Motorin' Along", judging by the title.
  • Cover Version: "See See Rider" from Ma Rainey, "I Got a Woman" from Ray Charles, "Motorin' Along" from Jimmy McGriff. Bonus tracks include covers of songs by Buddy Johnson ("Since I Fell for You"), Jack McDuff ("Groanin'"), and Percy France ("Apostrophe"). The remainder of songs were written either by Smith or his guitarist Kenny Burrell.
  • Epic Jazzing: The "Groanin'" cover is a little over eight minutes.
  • Face on the Cover: A medium shot of Smith in front of a restaurant.
  • Greasy Spoon: The restaurant Smith poses in front of on the cover appears to be one.
  • Instrumentals: All the songs here are instrumentals, although like many jazz musicians Smith and his band seemed to have learned the lyrics on songs that originally had them to get a feel for how to play.
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  • Neologism: The verb "motorin'" in "Motorin' Along" doesn't exist in standard English.
  • One-Woman Song: "Gracie"
  • Product Placement: The album cover shows a lot of advertising.
  • Verbal Tic: The album title, "Messin' Around", "Motorin' Along", and the bonus track "Groanin'" all have gerunds with dropped g's in the title.
  • Your Cheating Heart: "See See Rider" is a famous cheated-on ballad.

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