Bob Scobey's Frisco Jazz Band, which was usually a septet, is augmented by seven additional musicians on Beauty and the Beat, which is arranged by Matty Matlock. Scobey and singer-banjoist Clancy Hayes are the key players, although the great stride pianist Ralph Sutton is also present. Even with the extra horns, the basic Scobey sound is very much intact. The dozen songs all have something to do with women (most have a female name in its title) and range from some standards ("Alice Blue Gown," "Sweet Lorraine," and "Lulu's Back in Town") to lesser-known but superior songs ("Linda," "Mickey," and "The Girl Friend"). Fans of 1950s Dixieland and the sounds of Scobey and Matlock will want to search for this enjoyable release.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow