As part of Atlantic's Jazz at Preservation Hall series in which the major label recorded some of the top New Orleans jazz artists who were active in the early 1960s, this LP (which deserves to be reissued on CD along with the rest of the albums) has five selections apiece from two different groups. Drummer Paul Barbarin could always be counted on to lead highly musical and colorful groups; his septet on the Preservation Hall record includes trumpeter Ernie Cagnolatti, trombonist Frog Joseph, and the smooth swing clarinetist Louis Cottrell. Their versions of "The Second Line" and "Too Late" in particular are rewarding. The second band, led by trumpeter Punch Miller and featuring trombonist Louis Nelson and the popular clarinetist George Lewis, is a bit more primitive but no less enjoyable, particularly their hot versions of "Hindustan" and "Tiger Rag." Worth searching for by New Orleans jazz fans.
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