One of the more overlooked virtuosos of the early jazz period, clarinetist Jimmie Noone followed the hallowed path from New Orleans to Chicago and established himself alongside King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, and Earl Hines. He first cut his teeth with Oliver in the late teens, then recorded some of his most mature work with Hines in 1928. This Classics disc picks up the story from 1929-1930, with 24 tracks featuring Noone accompanied by clarinetist Joe Poston, banjo man Junie Cobb, and cornet player George Mitchell. And although his sidemen are good, Noone's fleet touch, randy phrasing, and sweet tone are what capture the attention. The mix varies from gully low vocals by May Alix ("My Daddy Rocks Me") to fine instrumentals of the obscure ("El Rado Scuffle") and hit ("Apex Blues") variety. This is a solid disc, but newcomers may want to first check out the more essential 1928-1929 Classics release.