Jimmy Smith records ‘The Sermon!’ with Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, Kenny Burrell, Art Blakey et al (1957)

Jimmy Smith’s ‘The Sermon!’ is an album recorded on August 25, 1957 and February 25, 1958 and released in 1959 by Blue Note.

Track listing : 1.The Sermon (Jimmy Smith) – 20:12 . 2.J.O.S. (Jimmy Smith) – 11:56 . 3.Flamingo (Edmund Anderson, Ted Grouya) – 08:02 .

Francis Wolff

Musicians : Jimmy Smith – organ . Lee Morgan – trumpet . Lou Donaldson – alto saxophone on (1 – 3) . Tina Brooks – tenor saxophone on (1 – 3) . Kenny Burrell – guitar on (1 – 3) . Art Blakey – drums on (1 – 3) . George Coleman – alto saxophone on (2) . Eddie McFadden – guitar on (2) . Donald Bailey – drums on (2) .

Production Produced by Alfred Lion . Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer .

Package : Bob Blumenthal – Liner Notes . Michael Cuscuna – Liner Notes . Ira Gitler – Liner Notes . Francis Wolff asterisques RVM – Cover Photo, Photography . Bob Blumenthal – Liner Notes .

Recorded August 25, 1957 & February 25, 1958 at Manhattan Towers, New York City .

Released in 1959 by Blue Note.

Jimmy Smith


The Sermon‘ is a straight-ahead, 12-bar blues in which everyone solos. It also was the tune that proved, once and for all, that the organ is not a gimmick as a jazz instrument. […]

The Hard Bop Homepage
The session closes with the magic, rarified track that has become one of the most famous pieces of recorded jazz: “The Sermon,” a relaxed twelve-bar blues line inspired by and dedicated to Horace Silver. Time is suspended as all three hornmen, Smith and Burrell weave magnificently soulful and intelligent solos that mesmerize the listener. […]

All About Jazz
While it is certainly a stellar example of Jimmy Smith’s concept, it’s even more novel as a document of the fledgling careers of Lee Morgan, George Colemanand the overlooked tenor player Tina Brooks. […]


Jimmy Smith’s ‘The Sermon!’



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