Albert Nicholas with the Art Hodes' All-Star Stompers: Albert's Back In Town
Fortunately for us, Delmark has successfully re-mastered the original release. The sound quality allows us to hear clearly the subtleties of the vigorous exchange between the soloists, and their interaction with the piano, guitar, tuba, and drums rhythm section. This band can play tightly woven polyphonic New Orleans style ensemble jazz or open out into a solo, swing, swap session; in either case, this is an upbeat, at times raucous recording. Nicholas and Trottier is an exciting match, interweaving and pushing each other throughout. Hodes and O’Brien toss in their concise, thoughtful solos and imaginative accompaniment while the whole band just keeps cooking. Highly recommended.
Track Listing: Farewell Blues; Fidgety Feet; Lulu's Back In Town; Creole Love Call; Shimme Sha Wabble; Sobbin' Blues; Runnin' Wild; How Long Blues; That's A Plenty; You Gotta See Your Mama Every Night; and 5 previously unissued alternate takes.
Personnel: Art Nicholas, clarinet; Nappy Trottier, trumpet; Floyd O'Brien, trombone; Art Hodes, piano; Marty Grosz, guitar; Mike Walbridge, tuba; and Fred Kohlman, drums.
Record Label: Delmark Records
Style: Dixieland/New Orleans/Swing