This session for Jazz Crusade was recorded in April 1999 at Wallingford, CT. and includes many New Orleans standards plus Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" and the perennial swing tune "Caldonia".
Gregg and the group carry the set off in great style including Kid Ory's arrangement of "Aunt Hager's Blues" and the George Lewis version of "Savoy Blues." Big Bill Bissonnette is in fine form and plays more forcefully than I have heard him in the past. Havin' a good time Bill?
The two reedmen double on sax and clarinet beautifully. Bill Sinclair plays a 60 minute ball game on piano, just swingin' all the way. Stafford's lead trumpet is confident and impeccable. He never relaxes the New Orleans punchy style for a moment.
A few other songs I really enjoyed were "Yellow Dog Blues", "Walking withe the King", "Cielto Lindo" and "The Faithful Hussar", one of Satchmo's tunes that he always introduced as "Hazzah Cuzzar". Somehow, the King could seldom remember the name of this tune.
This is is nice choice for those who like their jazz "hot".