The individual musicians in this trad jazz septet might be far from household names but their versatility and musicianship is impressive, particularly trupeter Robert Leive. The repertoire on their CD ranges from a tightly arranged "Trolley Song" and a '20s-style "Waitin' for Katie" to hard-driving Dixieland versions of "Oh Baby," "Fidgety Feet" and "That Da Da Strain." The near-riotous "Tres Moutard" would be a credit to Wilbur DeParis while some of the other songs effectively use group vocals and the harmonica of banjoist Eddie Birch. This release will be hard to find (it has been put out by a tiny label) but is well worth sending away for by people with an interest in the contemporary Dixieland scene.
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