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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. I'm no organ expert, but I get lost listing to this. Takes me back to being a five year old and my parents listening to this. Love it. Great CD. Great Service. Good music from the master of the B3. Audio playback quality is good also. Typical Jimmy Smith swing with a different small "big band" touch. Highly recommended.
I don't know why the album of just Hobo Flats has such a weird page with no reviews and the label not listed, so I'm leaving this review here, even though I have the Verve Originals CD of just Hobo Flats. Hobo Flats is another wonderful Jimmy Smith - but how can you fail with Jimmy at his peak, working here with Oliver Nelson again. I think that's why his albums from this era all hold up spectacularly well - working with the likes of Nelson, Ogerman, and Schifrin always keeps things interesting - of course he's got plenty of room to do his thing, but the band makes all the difference in the world.
I assume the sound is good on this two-fer pictured on this page - I assume but don't know - I can tell you that the sound on the Verve Originals single is fantastic. One person found this helpful. After achieving international immortality and sweeping acclaim with his record contract with Blue Note Records in and setting the new standard of how the organ is performed in jazz, Jimmy Smith had took another bold artistic Album) when he signed with Verve in in an effort to broaden his musical settings while he maintain his original Hammond B-3 virtuosity.
Side A, big band side, is easy to love, Sweeping and grand in style frenetic and edgy. Wake up and go get em music Side B is more New York late 50's jazz.
A Swirling, diving maze of riffs, twist and sometimes languid turns. Night time wind down music. I have 3 Lp copies of this CD.
All in terrible state. I spinned these lp's hundred's times. Arrangements by Oliver Nelson are splendid. Numbers like step right up and walk on the wild side are worth 6 stars.
Bravo Jimmy, this must be your best album ever. See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. Translate all reviews to English. My favourite Jimmy Smith album, the combination of big band and Organ is terrific, Walk on the Wild Side is probably the best film theme ever. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote.
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While we have enshrined Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins and others, the entry into the same league as far as B-3 Hammond organs is concerned is Jimmy Smith, the greatest ever at that instrument and enormous influence on tons of others, including the reigning king Joey DeFrancesco, who was lucky enough to get to work with Smith shortly before Smith's passing. Like the best recordings of the greatest period for improvisational jazz that lasted from about to the late 's, "The Sermon" is only one example of the numerous sessions that many top notch players gathered for, taking turns as leaders and sidemen.
Smith partnered with Kenny Burrell frequently, including the first track "The Sermon" and the closing ballad "Flamingo", and the two created probably the most seamless and great jazz jams that were also liberally dosed with blues. The loud horn oriented jazz that started the style in New Orleans actually bears little resemblance musically to the bebop era.
I submit that while the brash brass bands would contribute their own huge influence on American music, especially in more big band oriented music and provide the foundation for jazz royalty like Duke Ellington and Count Basie, the blues from the Delta loaned their structured repetitive style that allowed for improvisation by a single musician over a relatively easy chord progression by a partner to Charlie Christian, Thelonius Monk and some of Benny Goodman's smaller combos.
This meant that with a more complicated but still structured base provided the same framework for players to solo over. Bebop was a stripped down concept compared to the big band styles of the 's. By the time Jimmy Smith was making his indelible mark, along with Burrell, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Coltrane, and others to follow, the music was truly a wondrous amalgam of styles that not just showed how blues were really the foundation for all American music, but how more advanced playing made jamming even more enjoyable.
Smith recorded "The Sermon" in two one day sessions. But this album is astonishing for its vitality, feel, and timelessness. No wimpy supper club tripe here - "The Sermon" is a 20 minute long jam tour de force, a piece of music that not only was the creme of the bebop crop, but had plenty of blues phrasing, especially with Kenny Burrell, who of all jazz guitarists had the best feel for the blues, rocking tempos that ought to please rock and roll fans, and a rhythmic punch that would be the bellweather for funk a decade or so down the road.
Burrell is not on this song, but the guitar is still fine. What has made this song a legend among Smith fans is the ear piercing organ tone he used to signal first the trumpeter and then the saxophonist to wind up their solos, as they were getting caught up in the vibe and playing too long for Smith's liking. Smith was Jimmy Smith - Black Smith (Vinyl known for being cantankerous and abrasive, so a doctor friend of mine who also loves jazz and I theorized those two musicians were no doubt royally reamed after the song was finished.
Maybe not, but given Smith's short temper, I'd bet they were chewed out. Smith and Kenny Burrell were a dynamite team, and Jimmy Smith would later record two stellar albums with the other greatest guitarist of all time, Wes Montgomery. I phrase that a bit awkwardly, but I rate Burrell and Montgomery as forever tied in first place as jazz' greatest guitarists. Top critical review. Reviewed in the United States on July 23, Sound quality is disgraceful. The source is clearly a ripped LP.
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Showing of 62 reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. There was a problem loading comments right now. Showing 0 comments. Sort by: Newest Oldest. Giving this 5 stars because my uncle, who I sent it to in another state, asked me to find it for him. I ordered it on Saturday, and he received it today, Monday, and said he's been playing it over and over and over.
He's 78 years old and The Sermon was his fav on vinyl. I've never heard it, but because he has raved about it, and texted me and called me twice LP thank me, I gave it top marks. Since it made him smile, I'm happy. BTW, Lee Morgan sadly died too young but was a bad mutha. Get this album!! Man, this is a rollicking tour de force. The music starts like lighting and thunder and doesn't quit. It's music like this that makes me really sorry for not having listened to it before now, and at the same time oh so grateful that I had the opportunity to have heard it.
This will gravitate to one of my best CD's.
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