Dixieland cornetist Muggsy Spanier is heard on this CD during three different occasions, in which he performed in New Orleans; all 13 selections were previously unreleased. Most interesting are the first four cuts, made in 1938, right after his recovery from a very serious illness that almost killed him, and a year before he made his famous Ragtime Band sessions. The other selections are with local players in 1955 (as the only horn in a quartet) and with his usual band of 1953. Sidemen along the way include clarinetist Bujie Centobie and Darnell Howard; trombonists Ralph Hutchinson and Julian Lane; and pianists Armand Hug and Floyd Bean. The recording quality is decent and it is always fun to hear Spanier dig into such songs as "Dippermouth Blues," "Darktown Strutters Ball," "At the Jazz Band Ball," and "Relaxing at the Touro."
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow