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This review is from: House Party (Audio CD)
Jimmy Smith is at his best on these recordings, and with Blakey, Lee Morgan, Kenny Burrell, and others in the studio with him, he's absolutely unstoppable. You will be hard-pressed to find an album that is so infectiously swinging. In particular, the 15-minute "Au Privave" is a wonderful example of the dynamic and playful interaction taking place on this album (although the songs were recorded at separate sessions, with different personell).
While every track is wonderful, the album is stacked to the front, so that "Au Privave" (Track 1) is vastly superior to its Bird-penned bop cousin, "Confirmation" (Track 5). However, have no fear--all the tracks in between are nothing but quality jazz.
If you're only going to pick up one Smith album to try things out, I would recommend this over "The Sermon", the more popular alternative from the same years. "House Party" is more consistently spectacular. "Back at the Chicken Shack" from a few years down the road is also a great way to start.