These bright Dixie-to-swing sessions were initially issued on the Stomp Off label, with two additional, previously unissued sessions tacked on. Jones and Sudhalter are staunch interpreters of these songs of the 1920s and '30s, evoking clear echoes of Bix Beiderbecke, Bobby Hackett, Louis Armstrong, and others. Performers include Jones on cornet and Sudhalter on trumpet, with pianist Keith Ingham, bassist Greg Cohen, guitarists Marty Grosz and James Chirillo, drummer Arnie Kinsella, and frontline help from alto saxophonist and clarinetist Joe Muranyi and trombonist Bobby Pring. The most familiar numbers are Beiderbecke's sweet "Davenport Blues," Cole Porter's upbeat, Jones-led "Rosalie," and Pring and Muranyi on the Frankie Trumbauer hit "Singin' the Blues." Another standout is the wonderful show tune "Futuristic Rhythm," with its myriad rhythmic changes and Latin, click clack, hard swinging beats. Some smaller combinations arise as Sudhalter and Ingham gently stride through "I'd Climb the Highest Mountain" and the stark and bluesy "Persian Rug," and perform spirited jamming on "Why Couldn't It Be Poor Little Me?" Jones alone states the theme on the easy paced "Ol' Pigeon Toed Joad" and gives the rougher-hewn ballad "Jeannine" a neat contrast. The two brassmen are at their best when dueling away on "If I Had a Million Dollars," "Changes," and the title cut, where their sound meshes and brings the sunny side out. Though the subtitle of this session is "Live at the Vineyard" (the Vineyard Theater in New York City) there is no crowd noise, so it's not an in-concert performance. It is a date that early period jazz mavens will want to own.
AllMusic Review by Michael G. Nastos