Very entertaining indeed, although maybe not the best jazz album to introduce you to the art of Roy Eldridge (try, for instance Little Jazz Trumpet Giant, Roy & Diz...). BUT if you're Roy Eldridge fan or swing fan you SHOULD get it. In other companies (Peterson, Gillespie, the Prez) Eldridge sometimes sounded more "mainstream" (slightly modern; modernish so to speak)... This album however is mostly conservative,
traditionally swinging, with a strongish hint of the good old Dixie(land).
Playing Handy's Beale Street Blues or Waller's Black and Blue (not to speak of Barbarin's Bourbon Street Parade), this fine group quite often sets the clock back from the mid 70s, with some nice vocals by Roy and Major Holley (who accompanies his own bass playing).
It is no secret that Roy in the 70s didn't always sound at his best - if it was only for him, this would actually be a 4 star affair, but the group is so well spirited and swinging I have to give it 5 stars for the collective effort... And Roy DOES have his moments, because he was more than a mere pyrotechnician, as his albums from the more advanced age often prove.
R. Eldridge (tp, Vo), Joe Muranyi (saxes), Bobby Pratt (tb), Dick Katz (p), Major Holley (b,vo), Eddie Locke (dm)