The Sermon (Jimmy Smith album)

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The Sermon!
The Sermon!.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1959
RecordedAugust 25, 1957 & February 25, 1958
StudioManhattan Towers, New York City
LabelBlue Note
BST 84011
ProducerAlfred Lion
Jimmy Smith chronology
House Party
The Sermon!
Softly as a Summer Breeze
Professional ratings
Review scores
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]


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, New Jersey, 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).



Track 1

Track 2

  • Jimmy Smith – organ

Track 3



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