The Record Collection

Jimmy Smith: The Sermon! [bonus tracks] (1957-58)

Blue Note CDP 46097 (1987)

Track list:

01 – ‘S Wonderful
02 – Blue Room
03 – Lover Man
04 – Confirmation
05 – Au Privave
06 – The Sermon
07 – Flamingo

Personnel:

Jimmy Smith – organ
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Lee Morgan – trumpet (#1,4-7)
Curtis Fuller – trombone (#1,2)
George Coleman – alto sax (#1,2)
Lou Donaldson – alto sax (#3-7)
Tina Brooks – tenor sax (#4-7)
Eddie McFadden – guitar (#1,3)
Kenny Burrell – guitar (#4-7)
Donald Bailey – drums (#1-3)
Art Blakey – drums (#4-7)

#01,02 – recorded Manhattan Towers, NYC; August 25, 1957
Lee Morgan (tp), Curtis Fuller (tb), George Coleman (as), Jimmy Smith (org), Eddie McFadden (g #1), Donald Bailey (d)
#03 – recorded Manhattan Towers, NYC; February 25, 1958
Lou Donaldson (as), Jimmy Smith (org), Eddie McFadden (g), Donald Bailey (d)
#04-07 – recorded Manhattan Towers, NYC; February 25, 1958
Lee Morgan (tp), Lou Donaldson (as), Tina Brooks (ts), Jimmy Smith (org), Kenny Burrell (g), Art Blakey (d)

Producer: Alfred Lion
Recording engineer: Rudy Van Gelder

Cover photography: Francis Wolff
Cover Design: Reid Miles

Re-issue Producer: Michael Cuscuna
Re-issue Liner Notes: Michael Cuscuna

The Sermon -notes (pdf 76.9KB)

CD liner notes (written in 1987) explain the subtraction of one original LP track (J.O.S.) and addition of 5 bonus tracks [1-5 on this release]:
“Tracks from these two sessions were intermingled to produce Smith’s classic albums The Sermon (Blue Note 4011) and Houseparty (Blue Note 4002).

In 1979, another album of material came out as Confirmation (Blue Note LT-992).

And two additional titles were included on a Japanese Blue Note album entitled Special Guests.

For the compact disc, these sessions have been unraveled and put into their approximate recording order.

So the CD versions of these albums do not follow the same content or order of their vinyl counterparts.”

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