The Sermon Original recording remastered
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LEE MORGAN, trumpet; LOU DONALDSON, GEORGE COLEMAN, alto saxophones; TINA BROOKS, tenor saxophone; KENNY BURRELL, EDDIE McFADDEN, guitars; JIMMY SMITH, organ; ART BLAKEY, DONALD BAILEY, drums.
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Scenes such as this were once commonplace, and "The Sermon" above all recalls a time when the music was looser and freer, less organized and protective, more communicative and human. The continuing popularity of Jimmy Smith's "Sermon" is, we can hope, not merely representative of a retro trend but testimony to the enduring power of music played "in the moment" by the combination of capable musicians and the most common of all denominators--the blues.
Not that the performances are ordinary (though neither are they extraordinary). Kenny not only solos with economy but shows how to make guitar mesh with organ, Tina keeps it direct while hinting at formidable bebop chops held in reserve, Lee curtails technique and playfully accentuates the beat, Lou finishes up sounding like Cannonball. Meanwhile, Blakey just keeps laying down that unyielding backbeat and Jimmy constructs a solid bass-line foundation while using his right hand to pump the rhythm (often "doo-dot" on the first beat of the measure) and to create harmonic tensions (this blues man loves to raise the 11th of those dominant chords).
Jimmy's accomplishment on this track has less to do with his virtuosity (in fact, there's little of it--even the registration bars remain the same, and Leslie effects are minimal) than his supplying the power and energy for the session. It just keeps building and building, mainly because Jimmy never stops coming. And like sermons of the morning variety, this late-Sunday variation is alternately spiritual and sensual, heady and earthy, climaxing in a cartharsis no less inspiring.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Giving this 5 stars because my uncle, who I sent it to in another state, asked me to find it for him. Read morePublished 10 months ago by DeeDeeB
The Incredible Jimmy Oscar Smith has been a constant in my life having first been introduced by way of NY's WBLS Quiet Storm hosted by Vaughn Harper in the mid 90's. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mikey São P.
My earliest introduction to Jazz in the '60's included this fine album. I just rediscovered it and it is a tasty as it was nearly a half century ago!Published 14 months ago by G. Miller
Musically, it is truly great. However, the sound quality of the recording is not. There is a good bit of distortion that makes it sound like it was recorded to CD from a vinyl... Read morePublished 20 months ago by D. Kelley
The Sermon by Jimmy Smith is one of my all time favorite albums. I picked up the LP/Vinyl version of it in 1969 in Sasebo, Japan when in was in the Navy. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Scio Dad