Veteran clarinetist Jacques Gauthe pays tribute to Lu Watters & the Yerba Buena Jazz Band with his own Creole Rice Yerba Buena Jazz Band. While there are a couple features for his clarinet as the only horn in a quintet ("Creole Jazz" and "St. Germain Dance"), most of the selections team Gauthe in an octet with cornetist Duke Heitger, trumpeter Chris Tyle, and trombonist Tom Ebert. Some of the songs are taken from the Watters repertoire while others are more obscure. John Gill (heard on either banjo or trombone) takes five vocals in the Clancy Hayes tradition. Highlights along the way include "Aggravatin' Papa," "Auntie Skinner's Chicken Dinner," "More Time Papa," and "Oh By Jingo." Fans of San Francisco traditional jazz will enjoy this spirited set, which includes several lesser-known numbers by the legendary French clarinetist Claude Luter.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow