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The Sermon by Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith's phenomenal February 25, 1958 date, at Manhattan Towers is one of his greatest, and my all-time favorite record. With, Kenny Burrell, Eddie McFadden, Lou Donaldson, Tina Brooks, Art Blakey, and Lee Morgan and Donald Bailey, you know it is gonna be high-quality music. Lover Man, is a gorgeous quartet track with Lou's romantic alto giving a romantic reading with only Smith, guitarist McFadden, and drummer Bailey. Even though Donaldson is a Bird influenced alto player, he gets the job done. The Sermon(written for Horace Silver) is Jimmy's masterpiece, the twenty minute tune is dripping with soul, and great playing from Morgan, Blakey, Brooks, Burrell, and Donaldson. Flamingo is another gem, with a restrained Smith backing Morgan, Burrell, and Bailey. Smith's rich chordal accompaniment, is just beautiful as is his soft, sweet tone he chooses to use on his mighty Hammond B-3.All, in all this is a great album, and any hard-bop, or organ enthusiast should give it a try. There are five additional selections added to the original two.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jimmy Smith
  • CD Title: The Sermon
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 1958
  • Record Label: Unknown
  • Rating: Four Stars
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