Personnel: Doc Evans (cornet); Don Anderson (guitar); Knocky Parker (piano); Red Maddock (drums).
Recording information: 1959.
This album was a change of pace in Doc Evans' career, for the Dixieland-oriented cornetist is the only horn in a quintet, playing primarily swing standards. Evans, an underrated but talented player, improvises in a melodic and pleasing fashion on such tunes as "After You've Gone," "Don't Take Your Love From Me," "You're the Cream in My Coffee," and "Cherry." He is in a mellow mood throughout (even when the tempos are a little faster) and the four-piece rhythm section (which includes pianist Knocky Parker) is supportive and lightly swinging. A delight. ~ Scott Yanow