The Sermon (Jimmy Smith album)

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The Sermon!
The Sermon!.jpg
Studio album by Jimmy Smith
Released December 1959
Recorded August 25, 1957 & February 25, 1958
Studio Manhattan Towers, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 40:10
Label Blue Note
BST 84011
Producer Alfred Lion
Jimmy Smith chronology
House Party
(1957–58)House PartyString Module Error: Match not found
The Sermon!
(1958)
Softly as a Summer Breeze
(1958)Softly as a Summer Breeze1958
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

The Sermon! is a 1959 album by jazz organist Jimmy Smith. It was produced by the Blue Note record label, and was Smith's fifteenth album in three years. Allmusic's Lindsay Planer described the album as

"a prime example of Smith and company's myriad of talents".[2]

Background[edit]

The Sermon was the second of two albums recorded on two dates at The Manhattan Towers Hotel Ballroom, the first was Smith's previous album, House Party (1958). Rudy Van Gelder used the ballroom as a recording studio for recording sessions in 1957-1958, while he was still using his parents' Hackensack, N.J. home studio to record artists for Blue Note. He mainly used it for larger groups of musicians that would not fit in his parent's living room, or when New York was a more convenient location to record the artists involved.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Sermon" (Jimmy Smith) – 20:12
  2. "J.O.S." (Smith) – 11:56
  3. "Flamingo" (Edmund Anderson, Ted Grouya) – 8:02
Recorded on August 25, 1957 (#2) and February 25, 1958 (#1, 3).

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Tracks 1, 3

Track 2

  • Jimmy Smith – organ

Technical[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "The Sermon!". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 July 2010.