The Sermon! (studio album) by Jimmy Smith
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The best album by Jimmy Smith is Back At The Chicken Shack which is ranked number 4678 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 289.
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This album is rated in the top 8% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 75.9/100, a mean average of 76.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 76.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.3.
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Hard to believe it's Art Blakey on the first and third tracks; he's playing like an ordinary studio drummer. Very odd, it's like hiring Jimi Hendrix and having him strum gently in the background. Other than that, all the musicians are killing it, particularly Lee Morgan. The track J.O.S. is a great virtuoso burner. Wikipedia entry for this album points out that this was Smith's 15th album in 3 years!
While Back at the Chicken Shack is generally Smith's most popular album, The Sermon is generally considered his best, and for good reason. Smith's performance is not only brilliant technically, but compositionally as well.
One of the most incredible virtuoso performances in recorded jazz, period.
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