The Wilbur DeParis band had undergone two major changes by the time it recorded these two albums in 1960. Its longtime clarinetist, Omer Simeon, had died and was replaced by Garvin Bushell (who is heard on clarinet, piccolo, and bassoon). And cornetist Sidney DeParis' increasingly erratic health resulted in Doc Cheatham being added on second trumpet. The addition of Cheatham was a good thing (adding another fine soloist to the group), although Bushell was not on Simeon's level as a jazz soloist. This CD reissues all of the music originally on The Wild Jazz Age and On the Riviera. What is unusual is that most of the songs are Dixieland standards, with the only unusual numbers being "Tres Moutarde," "Railroad Man," "Blues Ingee," "Minorca," and "Tell 'Em About Me." But even the warhorses like "Twelfth Street Rag," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and "The Charleston" are revived successfully and in often inventive fashion. This set is well worth acquiring by trad jazz fans.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow