This LP has superior Dixieland from cornetist Doc Evans. Although he spent his career based in Minneapolis, Evans was one of the top Dixielanders of the 1950s and always led top-notch bands. On these sessions from 1949-1950, Evans heads a pair of sextets that included trombonist Al Jenkins and either Johnny McDonald or Art Lyons on clarinet performing spirited versions of a dozen songs with "blues" in their titles (although a few were not actually blues). Highlights include "Beale Street Blues," "Royal Garden Blues," "Bye Bye Blues," and "Singin' the Blues."
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow