The emphasis is on Dixieland throughout this historical and very enjoyable two-LP set put out by Arista in 1980. The primitive trumpeter Mutt Carey is heard on his only two sessions as a leader performing some jazzy versions of ragtime along with a couple of veteran tunes; Carey's band includes trombonist Jimmy Archey, either Albert Nicholas or Edmond Hall on clarinet and Cliff Jackson or Hank Duncan on piano. English trumpeter Humphrey Littleton welcomes the great soprano Sidney Bechet to his septet ("Some of These Days" is a highlight), cornetists Bobby Hackett and Wild Bill Davison star on a few Dixieland standards, drummer Ben Pollack features trombonist Jack Teagarden on "Mightly Lak a Rose" and there are eight selections by Edmond Hall with a sextet that also stars trumpeter Ruby Braff and trombonist Vic Dickenson. Dixieland fans should bemoan the fact that most of this music has yet to be reissued on CD.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow