A veteran Dixieland player even by the 1950s (he would be active into the late '90s), Rosy McHargue was a fluent clarinetist and soprano saxophonist who sounded at his most lyrical on C-melody sax. He is on heard on eight numbers taken from the repertoire of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (including "Clarinet Marmalade," "Tiger Rag," and "Livery Stable Blues") in a quintet with cornetist Tommy Thunen and trombonist Warren Smith, and on five more unusual selections from 1956. The latter include a fun R&B-ish feature for tenor saxophonist Pud Brown on "Who's Sorry Now," a McHargue vocal on "When Uncle Joe Plays a Rag on His Old Banjo," and spots for the leader's C-melody sax (including "Blue Is the Night"). Since Rosy McHargue did not lead that many dates during this era, this enjoyable LP is well worth searching for.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow