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In June 1959.

In June 1959, “Blue Note” label released “Holiday for Skins”, the fourth Art Blakey studio album. It was recorded in November 1958, at “Manhattan Towers” in New York City, and was produced by Alfred Lion. The album was released in two volumes.


  • Art Blakey- drums, chanting
  • Donald Byrd- trumpet
  • Ray Bryant– piano
  • Wendell Marshall- bass
  • Art Taylor– drums
  • Philly Joe Jones- drums, chanting, vocals
  • Ray Barretto, Victor Gonzales, Julio Martinez, Sabu Martinez, Chonguito Vincente – bongos, congas
  • Fred Pagani – timbales
  • Andy Delannoy – maracas
  • Austin Cromer, Hal Rasheed – chanting

 Track listing:

All tracks by Art Blakey except where noted.

Holiday for Skins Volume 1

  1. Aghano
  2. The Feast
  3. Mirage
  4. Lamento Africano

Holiday for Skins Volume 2

  1. O’Tinde
  2. Swingin’ Kilts – Ray Bryant
  3. Dinga
  4. Reflection – Ray Bryant


In December 1959.

In December 1959, “Blue Note” label released “The Sermon!”, the fifteenth Jimmy Smith album. It was recorded August 25, 1957 and  February 25, 1958, at “Manhattan Towers” in New York City, and was produced by Alfred Lion.


  • Jimmy Smith– organ
  • Lee Morgan– trumpet
  • Lou Donaldson– alto saxophone
  • Tina Brooks– tenor saxophone
  • Kenny Burrell– guitar
  • Art Blakey– drums
  • George Coleman– alto saxophone
  • Eddie McFadden– guitar
  • Donald Bailey– drums
  • Rudy Van Gelder– engineer
  • Reid Miles– design
  • Francis Wolff– photography
  • Ira Gitler– liner notes

Track listing:

  1. The Sermon – Jimmy Smith
  2. O.S. – Jimmy Smith
  3. Flamingo – Edmund Anderson, Ted Grouya