The first of three LPs taken from a 1957 concert in Minneapolis, this album has cornetist Doc Evans and his septet playing four songs from the world of Buddy Bolden (1897-1917) and four others representing Papa Laine's Children (1917-1924). The concept of playing their version of the early history of jazz gave Evans an excuse to play a few obscurities (including "Whistlin' Rufus" and Buddy Bolden's "Get Outa Here") along with spirited renditions of Dixieland standards (such as "Farewell Blues" and "Clarinet Marmalade"). Evans plays with his usual swing and sensitivity, assisted by trombonist Hal Runyon and clarinetist Dick Pendleton in the front line. However, this fine LP (which does have inexcusably brief playing time) will be difficult to find.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow