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mrpeebee, you seem to know virtually every lesser known player so I’m calling on you to shed some light on Freddie Lee Smith. I only know of him because Hendrix got him to blow a few notes on this great song of his. Chime in anyone as always!

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Yeah! my all time favorite Hendrix track, largely because of the sax, but also the great laid back blues feel.

I was in high school (way back in time) when that Electric Ladyland album came out and the first thing I noticed on 'Rainy Day' was the sax. I've never heard anything more about Freddie Lee Smith, though. I also wonder what his history was; where he played, other recordings, if any??
 

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JL, I looked up his name and it’s spotty at best source wise. I see him credited with doing an album for Link Wray and that’s pretty much what I found. Anyway, we need more Hendrix love on SOTW, no doubt! Third Stone from the Sun, If 6 was 9, and Rainy Day Dream Away at least. Nefertiti couldn’t recognize the Purple Haze theme..., c’mon man, haha!
 

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mrpeebee, you seem to know virtually every lesser known player so I’m calling on you to shed some light on Freddie Lee Smith.
That's too much honour towards me Lambros!

I'm actually a Jazz snob and know a lot of players from old early Jazz times till about the 60's, but after that period and for other styles (pop) my knowledge is (very) limited.

I think members like John Laughter and Pete Thomas could be better informed on this. I've informed them about this thread through a pm.
 

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It’s all good mrpeebee!! I was watching the video, seeing that Mike Finnigan and Freddie Smith seated together in a b&w still photo as band mates, I then found that they were in an obscure band named The Serfs and that was pretty much it. That and Smith along with Link Wray album in the mid 70s which he played on. Jimi was very interesting musically because he wanted to play all the time and was willing to include learning things on the spot. I’m just wondering how this recording came to be because it is a remarkable set of 2 songs connected by a common theme.
 

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This is cool BH9! Spanish Castle Magic is a special song and I like that Turner and his drummer stuck to the original feeling of Mitch and Jimi’s interplay. They had a simpatico that was pretty similar to what Trane and Elvin had, creating ambient moods of various feelings.

How about Mark Turner on SCM?

https://youtu.be/Zjg6HNNiUrI
 

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I think members like John Laughter and Pete Thomas could be better informed on this. I've informed them about this thread through a pm.
I appreciate the thought but I have never found a lot of info on him other than what has already been stated and what little there is on the Internet. His name came up years ago for the same reason (Hendrix/Sax) and someone asked about him but no response on another message board.

https://www.discogs.com/artist/274062-Freddie-Smith

https://www.quora.com/Who-was-Fredd...ctric-Ladyland-and-what-are-his-other-credits

Take a listen to A2-last solo;

https://www.discogs.com/The-Leslie-Drayton-Orchestra-Turning-A-Corner/release/1899164

And;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EQZxhZC6IU

According to the credits (if correct) he is playing the solo on both. Strong player for sure.
 

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John, I thank you for your sincere interest and enthusiasm for this topic. The only thing I can add is may be some day running into Mike Finnigan and asking him some more questions may serve to actually shed some more light on his departed band mate. And I’m also wondering what The Serfs album is like, Capitol records isn’t small potatoes after all.
 

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Yes John, and all roads to this mercurial moment of greatness seem to merge and vanish after a certain point. Nonetheless, we are left with 2 great songs by one of the musical geniuses of all time; Jimi seized moments of creativity and made miracles of them at times.
 
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