The adjective’s often used to describe this 20-minute jam entitled “The Sermon!” are bluesy, soulful, funky, cool, and swinging. Indeed, The Sermon! beautifully encompasses all of them. It’s a 1959 album by jazz organist Jimmy Smith, produced by the Blue Note record label. This album features an exceptional supporting cast of musicians; including trumpeter Lee Morgan, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson, tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks, guitarist Kenny Burrell, percussionist Art Blakey, and others.
If you’ve never heard of Jimmy Smith, you’ve missed out on the man who largely influenced the use of the organ in 1960s rock and R&B music. A virtuoso in playing the Hammond B-3 organ, Jimmy solos with his right hand, plays chords with his left hand, pumps bass lines with his left foot, and controls the volume again with his right hand.
The Sermon! was respectfully chosen to reinterpret the original album cover for one bluesy, soulful, funky, cool, and swinging piece of music.