Prayer Meetin'

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Prayer Meetin'
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Studio album by
RecordedFebruary 8, 1963
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Length39:16 original LP
55:23 CD reissue
LabelBlue Note
BST 84164
ProducerAlfred Lion
Jimmy Smith chronology
Rockin' the Boat
Prayer Meetin'
Hobo Flats

Prayer Meetin' is an album by American jazz organist Jimmy Smith featuring performances recorded in 1963 and released on the Blue Note label.[1] The album was rereleased on CD with two bonus tracks from the same session.


The Allmusic review by Steve Leggett awarded the album 4½ stars stating

"Prayer Meetin' is a delight from start to finish".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3/4 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Prayer Meeting" (Jimmy Smith) – 5:45
  2. "I Almost Lost My Mind" (Ivory Joe Hunter) – 9:25
  3. "Stone Cold Dead in the Market" (Wilmoth Houdini) – 3:43
  4. "When the Saints Go Marching In" (Traditional) – 6:15
  5. "Red Top" (Gene Ammons) – 7:38
  6. "Picnickin'" (Smith) – 6:30
  7. "Lonesome Road" (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkret) – 8:55 Bonus track on CD reissue
  8. "Smith Walk" (Smith) – 7:12 Bonus track on CD reissue

NOTE: "Lonesome Road" and "Smith Walk" are bonus tracks on a CD reissue recorded on June 13, 1960, and featuring the same lineup with Sam Jones on bass.




Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1964) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 86[4] 20


  1. ^ Blue Note discography accessed November 26, 2010
  2. ^ a b Leggett, S. Allmusic Review accessed November 26, 2010
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1312. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  4. ^ "Billboard 200 - Jimmy Smith". Retrieved December 14, 2017.