Saturday, September 25, 2010

Song of The Day #122

"The Sermon" by Jimmy Smith

Gotta love that organ. In this piece, the opener of the album of the same name, Jimmy Smith (not the ex-Jaguar receiver) pounds his Hammond, pouring his soul into this fusion of gospel, blues, and jazz that plods on for over twenty minutes. That his backing band includes Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, and Art Blakey among others doesn't the piece's swing and precision. As great as Blakey is, though, at the end of the day it's all about that organ.

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