Jimmy Smith, The Sermon! (1959)
Not sure how I found out about Jimmy Smith, can’t remember. Feels like he’s just always been there for me though the smart answer – most likely – is a comp; a Blue Note compilation of funk and soul-jazz and breakbeats, maybe more than one comp of that nature…anyway, been a fan for a while. But I do know where and when I got onto The Sermon! Bought it in America the other year, me and my brother-in-law strolled the Haight one day, a really great day, stopping in bars for beers, taking a break between finding record stores. Found a wee jazz-oriented shop. Great, great second-hand records there. Was really doing my best to reign it in. Only buy what was absolutely needed on that trip. And this was one of the records that made the cut. Funny thing is I got it home and never really played it. It’s been one of the hit discoveries of the collection this year – I’ve really climbed on into it. Fabulous record. That line-up, man! Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, Tina Brooks, Kenny Burrell, Art Blakey, George Coleman, Donald Bailey. Man! (And it was like $3).
Sample Track: The Sermon
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