Bill Dillard recorded relatively few solos throughout his long career. He recorded with Jelly Roll Morton (1929), Spike Hughes (1933), Teddy Hill (1937), and in many different settings through the years, but usually as a lead trumpeter. It was only late in his life that he had a few opportunities to be featured as an improviser. This date, recorded when Dillard was 79 and four years before his death, finds him in surprisingly fine form. Dillard is showcased in Copenhagen with banjoist Michael Boving's Rhythmakers, an excellent combo also featuring trombonist Ole "Fessor" Lindgreen, altoist Hans Pedersen, and John Defferary on tenor and clarinet. Dillard, who also takes some vocals, is the main star, performing a dozen trad standards (including "Indiana," "Who's Sorry Now," and "Undecided") plus Lindgreen's "Boiled Dog." Because of his few chances to stretch out on record, this CD is Bill Dillard's best all-around showcase available.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow