In 1968, Danish trombonist Ole "Fessor" Lindgreen formed a flexible group (his Big City Band) capable of playing anything from Dixieland to mainstream and early R&B-ish blues. Through the years, his ensemble had the opportunity to work with many touring and visiting American stars. This CD sampler is comprised of previously released material; two songs apiece with either cornetist Wild Bill Davison, pianist Sammy Price, tenorman George Kelly, trombonist Gene "Mighty Flea" Connors, pianist/vocalist Jay McShann, pianist/vocalist Champion Jack Dupree or guitarist Al Casey as guests. In addition, there is one number with violinist Claude Williams and two in which the Big City Band is joined by trumpeter Doc Cheatham, clarinetist Herb Hall and bassist John Williams. Most of the selections are quite exciting, particularly Davison's "Louisiana," the underrated Kelly's "Crazy Eddie," "Jumpin' With McShann" and "Afer Theatre Jump" with Claude Williams. Although the original complete sessions are naturally preferred, this readily available CD is easily recommended in the meantime.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow