House Party (Jimmy Smith album)

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House Party
House Party (album).jpg
Studio album by Jimmy Smith
RecordedAugust 25, 1957 & February 25, 1958
StudioManhattan Towers, New York City
53:20 CD Reissue
LabelBlue Note
ProducerAlfred Lion
Jimmy Smith chronology
Groovin' at Small's Paradise
House Party
The Sermon!

House Party is the fourteenth album by American jazz organist Jimmy Smith featuring performances recorded in 1957 and 1958 and released on the Blue Note label.[1] The album was rereleased on CD with one bonus track.


Rudy Van Gelder used the Manhattan Towers Hotel Ballroom in New York City for recording sessions in 1957-1958, while he was still using his parents' Hackensack, N.J. home studio to record artists for Blue Note. House Party was the first of two Smith albums recorded on two dates, the second was Smith's next album The Sermon!, released in 1959. Van Gelder mainly used the ballroom for larger groups of musicians that would not fit in his parent's living room, or when New York was a more convenient location to record the artists involved.


The Allmusic review by Lindsay Planer awarded the album 4 stars stating

"the real pleasure lies in the experience of hearing it".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Au Privave" (Charlie Parker) – 15:09
  2. "Lover Man" (Jimmy Davis, Ram Ramirez, James Sherman) – 7:00
  3. "Just Friends" (John Klenner, Sam M. Lewis) – 15:15
  4. "Blues After All" (Kenny Burrell) – 6:06

Bonus track on 1985 CD reissue[edit]

  1. "Confirmation" (Parker) – 10:34
  • Recorded at Manhattan Towers in New York City on August 25, 1957 (tracks 3 & 4) and February 25, 1958 (tracks 1, 2 & 5)





  1. ^ Blue Note discography accessed November 25, 2010
  2. ^ a b Planer, L. Allmusic Review accessed November 25, 2010