Two of the albums in this compilation were recorded in Paris during Sammy Price's 1955 visit. Before that, he recorded with his Kaycee Stompers (Vic Dickenson on trombone, Jonah Jones on trumpet, Pete Brown on alto, Milt Hilton on bass and Cozy Cole on drums) in March 1955, and the album's title "Barrelhouse, Boogie Woogie and the Blues" is a very accurate description of the contents. "A Real Jam Session" was recorded in Paris at the end of December 1955, and six of the eight tracks are included, split across the two CDs. Emmett Berry was on trumpet, George Stevenson on trombone, Herbie Hall on clarinet, Pops Foster on bass and Fred Moore on drums. "Sidney Bechet with Sammy Price & his Bluesicians" was recorded in Paris in May 1956, with Bechet on soprano saxophone added to the Jam Session line-up. Finally, "After Hours" dates from March 1959, and includes Mickey Baker and Al Casey on guitar, Al Lucas on bass and Panama Francis on drums.
The boogie-woogie piano style needs no explanation, but whereas that tended to be based on eight beats to the bar, barrelhouse piano was played in regular 4-4 meter. Sammy Price could play in both styles, and his exuberant stomping piano is heard to advantage in the larger groups. Vic Dickenson was the master of the blues trombone, and contributes his subtle blend of playing to the Kaycee Stompers album. Subtle was not something Bechet could ever be accused of, and his banshee wail dominates the Vogue album. This is a splendid compilation, but if I were pressed to choose just one album it would have to be "After Hours", which is when it would make the perfect accompaniment to a night-cap.