James Oscar Smith (December 8, 1925 or 1928 – February 8, 2005) was an American jazz musician whose albums often charted on Billboard magazine. In 2005, Smith was awarded the NEA Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor that America bestows upon jazz musicians.
Biography by Mark Deming. A pioneer of soul-jazz who revolutionized the Hammond organ, turning it into one of the most incisive, dynamic jazz instruments of its time.
The Sermon! is a 1959 album by jazz organist Jimmy Smith. It was produced by the Blue Note record label Track listing. The Sermon" (Smith) – 20:12. Flamingo" (Edmund Anderson, Ted Grouya) – 8:02. Recorded on August 25, 1957 ( and February 25, 1958 ( 3).
Photography By – Francis Wolff. Producer – Alfred Lion. Recorded By – Rudy Van Gelder. Tenor Saxophone – Tina Brooks (tracks: A1). Trumpet – Lee Morgan. The Sermon! (LP, Album).
Like his previous album, House Party, released in 1958, The Sermon! was engineered and recorded by tudio boffin Rudy Van Gelder, who supervised most of Blue Note’s studio endeavours – though, in an unusual move, the album wasn’t recorded at Van Gelder’s own studio, which at this time was the front room in his parents’ home in New Jersey. Rather, both sessions were cut at The Manhattan Towers Hotel Ballroom, a venue that Van Gelder sometimes used when he had a larger band to record, or when its location was more convenient for the musicians involved. It was produced by the Blue Note record label, and was Smith's fifteenth album in three years. The Sermon was the second of two albums recorded on two dates at The Manhattan Towers Hotel Ballroom, the first was Smith's previous album, House Party (1958)
Jimmy Smith: 'The Sermon' In 1951, Jimmy Smith began playing the Hammond organ. Within a few years, he was considered to be THE master of the instrument. Smith also was one of the founders of the "hard bop" funk school of the 1950s. Smith's talents, including his quick agility with organ peddles, come through on this album. Basic Jazz Record Library. Murray Horwitz and . Spellman pick the jazz albums at home in anyone's music collection. Jimmy Smith: 'The Sermon'.