Albert Nicholas was one of the most important musicians of Jazz's Golden Era of the twenties. He followed Johnny Dodds into the King Oliver band, influenced the clarinet style of Barney Bigard, and was a member of the Louis Armstrong, Chick Webb and Luis Russell orchestras. Nicholas recorded with Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Richard M. Jones, Baby Dodds, Wild Bill Davison, Kid Ory, Don Ewell, Bob Scobey and others. He was one of the first American jazzment to tour Europe and the oriend beginning with visits to China, India and Egypt in 1927, a preparation for his eventual move to Paris in 1956, home base for tours of the entire continent. Fortunately for his american audience, he vacationed in Chicago in 1959 where he recorded two albums for Delmark: this one and the quartet album The New Orleans - Chicago Connection.