The Grand Dominion Jazz Band, a hot jazz septet from Vancouver, British Columbia, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2002 with this CD. Three of the musicians (trumpeter Jim Armstrong, clarinetist Gerry Green, and pianist Bob Pelland) were original members from 1982, while the other four musicians (trombonist Jim Kleppert, banjoist Jim Marsh, bassist Mike Fay, and drummer Mike McCombe) fit into their positions quite well. As is usual with Stomp Off releases, most of the selections are fairly obscure, with only "The White Cliffs of Dover," "My Buddy," and perhaps "The Skeleton in the Closet" being standards. Has It Really Been Twenty Years, Vol. 1 features consistently excellent solos within the classic jazz tradition from the Grand Dominion's three horn players and pianist Pelland; a driving rhythm from the banjo, bass, and drums; and lots of clean yet spirited ensembles. Traditional jazz fans will certainly enjoy this music.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow