Jimmy Smith was an enormously popular organist who never sounded better than when he was surrounded by kindred spirits in a small group setting as he is in "The Sermon". The young lion, trumpet virtuoso Lee Morgan was at his first maturity, Lou Donaldson a swinging veteran alto sax player, Tina Brooks & George Coleman supply their own brands of tenor magic in this happiest of "after-hours" jams. Initially issued as two lps ("The Sermon" & "Jimmy Smith's House Party") this reissue reunites the initial sessions. The sound quality is crisp and a faithful reproduction of the renowned "Blue Note" sound of the late 50s. My favorite tacks are "Flamingo", "Au Privave" & "Lover Man", each of which meld ingenuity with heartfelt depths of feeling.The rhythm section is nimble. My only quarrel is the lack of alternate takes or bonus tracks which I believe have been previously issued by Blue Note.