Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Jimmy Smith - 1958 - The Sermon!

This LP contains a quartet version of "Flamingo" (with the all-star group of organist Jimmy Smith, trumpeter Lee Morgan, guitarist Kenny Burrell and drummer Art Blakey) and Smith's minor-toned original "J.O.S." (starring Smith's trio, altoist George Coleman and Morgan). However, it is the sidelong 20 1/2 minute "The Sermon" (a tribute to pianist Horace Silver) with Morgan, altoist Lou Donaldson, Tina Brooks on tenor, Burrell and Blakey that is most historic and memorable. Two of the three selections (including the title cut) have been reissued on CD and this spirited music is well worth acquiring in one form or another.