Sammy Rimington

Visits New Orleans

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A fine collection of pieces from New Orleans-based (but British-born) clarinetist Sammy Rimington. Rimington follows the sound of George Lewis, the heir to Bunk Johnson's band long ago. The clarinet bobs and weaves a bit among the rest of the band, with a bumping, casual rhythm section and a swinging trombone. This isn't quite the Preservation Hall-style brass band sound, it's not quite the Dixieland sound, it's somewhere in between instead. And that's a fine place to be, showing off some highly capable musicians who never take too much from a solo when they could be playing together instead. The sound is sweet, tender, and relaxed. Maybe not what people think of when they pick up an album of N'Orleans music with a hot five or a hot six involved, but a fine pick nonetheless. As a bonus, Michael and David Doucet join in for a couple of tracks at the end, as does the Treme Brass Band with Kermit Ruffins in tow.

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