In the late '50s, Eddie Condon led this raucous version of his all-stars featuring cornetist Rex Stewart. While a posterboy for the mainstream and trad jazz tradition, Condon still let his bands rip, and rip they do here. This is fiery, in the moment jazz, rife with animated group interplay and a flagrant penchant for improvisatory derring-do.
One of the overlooked gems in Nick Lowe's catalog, 1985's The Rose of England was in some respects a continuation of the playful mood of the previous year's Nick Lowe and his Cowboy Outfit. But it offers some fine songs that point to the deeper themes of his work of the '90s and beyond, most notably "(Hope To God) I'm Right" and the title cut. And his choice of covers is spot on, especially his takes on John Hiatt's "She Don't Love Nobody" and Elvis Costello's "Indoor Fireworks."