This British two-LP set features cornetist Red Nichols on all of his recordings with the Red Heads, his two numbers with We Three, his two sessions with the Six Hottentots, and a date with Lanin's Arcadians. The personnel overlaps between these similar groups, with trombonist Miff Mole, pianist Arthur Schutt, drummer Vic Berton, Jimmy Dorsey (on clarinet and alto), and guitarist Eddie Lang being among the key players. Unfortunately, because all of these dates (other than the Hottentots sessions) were originally recorded for Paramount, the recording quality is just so-so and often has rather scratchy surface noise, making it difficult at times to enjoy the music. In addition, the arrangements are not as inventive as they would be for the Five Pennies' performances (with nearly the same personnel) although there are some fine individual moments. Best are four numbers where Nichols is just joined by a rhythm section. Overall, these performances are more significant historically (allowing one to hear Red Nichols early in his career) than they are musically.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow