Although he did not know it at the time, this would be Benny Waters' last European session as a leader, for his 40 years spent overseas would soon be ending. Age 80 at the time, Waters decided to stick exclusively to clarinet for the project even though he tended to be stronger on tenor and alto. The music crosses the boundary between Dixieland and swing. Trumpeter Freddy Randall often steals solo honors while the other musicians (trombonist Jim Shepherd, pianist Stan Greig, Paul Sealey on banjo and guitar during the first four numbers, either Tiny Winters or Mike Durrell on bass and drummer Laurie Chescoe) prove to be excellent for this style of music. Waters takes a couple vocals and among the highlights of the joyful CD are "Them There Eyes," "Some of These Days," "When You're Smiling" and "The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me."
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow