The Sermon!

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When Jimmy Smith exploded onto the jazz scene in 1956, he changed everything about the way the organ was used and perceived in jazz. His first two years of recording were mind-bogglingly prolific, producing 13 albums. Three marathon jam sessions during this period produced some of his finest early work, including The Sermon! Smith displays both a youthful fire and a musical wisdom beyond his years throughout the album. Whether blazing through hard bop tunes like "Confirmation" and "Au Privave" both Charlie Parker compositions or gently caressing the ballad "Lover Man," Smith constantly proves himself the most inventive organist of the bop generation. In moving beyond the classic organ trio format, Smith takes the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
When Jimmy Smith exploded onto the jazz scene in 1956, he changed everything about the way the organ was used and perceived in jazz. His first two years of recording were mind-bogglingly prolific, producing 13 albums. Three marathon jam sessions during this period produced some of his finest early work, including The Sermon! Smith displays both a youthful fire and a musical wisdom beyond his years throughout the album. Whether blazing through hard bop tunes like "Confirmation" and "Au Privave" both Charlie Parker compositions or gently caressing the ballad "Lover Man," Smith constantly proves himself the most inventive organist of the bop generation. In moving beyond the classic organ trio format, Smith takes the organ into new areas, and trading solos with the likes of Lee Morgan and Lou Donaldson, he makes it plain that his is an individual voice worthy of its eventual place in the jazz canon. A special treat here is the tenor work of the great, underrated Tina Brooks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724352454129
  • Catalog Number: 24541
  • Sales rank: 31,787

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Sermon (20:12)
  2. 2 J.O.S. (11:56)
  3. 3 Flamingo (8:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Smith Primary Artist, Organ, Hammond Organ
Tina Brooks Tenor Saxophone
George Coleman Alto Saxophone
Curtis Fuller Trombone
Lee Morgan Trumpet
Donald Bailey Drums
Art Blakey Drums
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Lou Donaldson Alto Saxophone
Eddie McFadden Guitar
Technical Credits
Michael Cuscuna Producer, Liner Notes
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
Alfred Lion Producer
Francis Wolff Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Reid Miles Cover Design
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