Pianist Fred Hall led an extensive series of hot dance/jazz recordings during 1925-30, often using singer Arthur Fields. This 1997 CD from the collector's label TOM (The Old Masters) has a strong cross-section of Hall's performances, usually featuring either Jack Mollick or Mike Mosiello on trumpet (Leo McConville guests on two of the best titles), Eddie Grosso on clarinet and alto, and the very versatile (and talented) if forgotten Phillip d'Arcy on harmonica, violin and sometimes second piano. Other than a few barely tolerable novelties, the music on this CD emphasizes heated jazz, with the highlights including "West End Blues," "Missouri Squabble," "'Tain't No Sin," "I'm Wild About Horns On Automobiles," "Come On, Baby" and "Waitin' for Katy." Although the 24 selections are not programmed in chronological order, this is a fairly definitive sampling of the joyful music of Fred Hall's Sugar Babies.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow