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Genres: Jazz, Pop
The 20-minute title tune is a priceless meditation on the blues. Sidemen include Lee Morgan Lou Donaldson, Tina Brooks, Kenny Burrell and Art Blakey. This CD features the album in its original form. LEE MORGAN, trumpet; ... more »
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The 20-minute title tune is a priceless meditation on the blues. Sidemen include Lee Morgan Lou Donaldson, Tina Brooks, Kenny Burrell and Art Blakey. This CD features the album in its original form. 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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Anthony Cooper | Louisville, KY United States | 11/03/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Jimmy Smith gets some fairly big names together for "The Sermon". The title track is a very long jam with Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, Tina Brooks, Kenny Burrell, and Art Blakey. It's a medium-tempo lope. The soloing is pretty good, but I think the song's main sin is that it doesn't build up as it goes on. It stays somewhat flat. The group hits the theme well together at the end, but it's nothing like, say, "Muntu Chant" by Odean Pope on the "Locked & Loaded" CD. That song has you rolling in the aisles and speaking in tongues at the end. "J.O.S." is a faster song, and says just as much in 8 fewer minutes. The lineup is different on each of the three songs, only Jimmy Smith and Lee Morgan play on all three. "Flamingo" is done by the smallest group, a quartet with Burrell and Blakey, and though it isn't great, I like it more than the version of "Flamingo" on Mingus' "Tijuana Moods". If Jimmy Smith could have gotten the title track to build more like a sermon, this would be a 4-star CD, but instead it's a 3-star CD."
B. Darakyan | Barrington, RI | 11/09/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I finally got around to picking this one up, being a blue-note classic. This is my only Jimmy Smith cd, ordinarilly I could take or leave the organ as a jazz instrument. It's a good listen, definately still in a hard bop vein. I even would have given it at least 4 stars, but for the "buzzing" sound in the second track. In the liner notes it says Smith did this himself to signal the other players. So be it, but I for one find it very annoying. I'm puzzled why it doesn't seem to bother other people. I would think they could have edited out this annoying sound."