The Rhythm Rascals Washboard Band is a very exciting group that features two brilliant clarinetists (Jim Snyder and Jim Buchmann, who doubles on saxello), guitarist John Reynolds, Lee Floyd on banjo, Hank Greve on tuba, and leader Ralf Reynolds on washboard. The hot unit recalls the early-1930s Clarence Williams bands, emphasizing spirited stomps with occasional group vocals. This particular CD, the group's second, is highlighted by such numbers as "Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia," "Don't Give All the Lard Away," "Never Swat a Fly" and an explosive version of "High Society." The occasional vocals fit into the period music quite well; the tuba and washboard really add to the band's momentum, and the clarinetists consistently steal the show. Virtually every piece (many of which are obscure) is taken uptempo, and the results are quite stimulating. Highly recommended to fans of vintage jazz.
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