Butch Thompson

Butch Thompson and His Boys in Chicago

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A jam-session feel pervades this fine 1920s jazz set. Pianist Butch Thompson is the leader of the septet, but does not dominate the proceedings, liberally featuring the adventurous clarinet of Frank Chase, cornetist Charlie DeVore and altoist John Otto; guitarist John Meilahn, bassist Bill Evans and drummer Hal Smith complete the spirited band. For a change of pace, Thompson performs ten standards including such Dixieland warhorses as "Sweethearts on Parade," "You Took Advantage of Me" and "At the Jazz Band Ball." Due to the high level of musicianship and colorful soloists, this fun album is a standout.