Darryl Adams

Runnin' Wild in Toronto, Vol. 1

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There is so much joy to this New Orleans jazz set that it seems almost besides the point that a few of the horn players are out of tune in spots and that there are occasional missteps. Cornetist Fred Vigorito is a bit reminiscent of Kid Thomas Valentine, trombonist Brian Towers hints at Kid Ory, clarinetist Brian Carrick's role model is George Lewis, and altoist Darryl Adams (who has three vocals) is fairly original if a bit erratic. The rhythm section (pushed by Big Bill Bissonnette on drums) drives the band with pianist Roberta Hunt taking a good vocal on "Down by the Riverside." The results may not be flawless but are consistently fun and full of rambunctious spirit.