Jimmy Smith – Any Number Can Win – Reviewed in 2010


A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This is one of Rudy Van Gelder’s TRIUMPHS and one of the best Jimmy Smith album I’ve ever heard. All of side one and the last cut of side two sound STUNNING! This is dynamic, big speaker sound.

Lots of old Verve’s weren’t mastered right, but this one was. It’s as good as it gets — it’s right up there with Bashin’.

RVG did not record this entire album. Some songs are recorded by other engineers and don’t have the dynamic slam that his do but the best tracks are amazing.


You Came a Long Way from St. Louis
The Ape Woman
G’won Train
Theme from Any Number Can Win
What’d I Say
The Sermon
Blues for C.A.