The Bay City Jazz Band at the time of this, their debut recording, were on average between 21 and 25 years of age. Firmly entrenched as standard-bearers of the San Francisco scene started a few years earlier by Lu Watters' Yerba Buene Jazz Band, the BCJB were masters of ensemble playing, blending in a way that few trad Dixieland bands seldom accomplish. The band shines brightly on Louis Armstrong's "My Heart," "Alligator Blues," and "Potato Head Blues." Given equally fine treatment are King Oliver's "Doctor Jazz," and "Snake Rag." Though not a big name, the BCJB nonetheless made some mighty fine music; this is a hidden jazz treasure for traditionally minded fans.
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AllMusic Review by Cub Koda