Riverboat Five

In Person at the Banjo Palace, New Orleans

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The sixth and final LP by the Riverboat Five was cut live. Clarinetist/leader Ed Reed is joined by a four-piece rhythm section and (on six of the dozen numbers) trumpet, trombone and two rhythm banjos. The music is typical Dixieland, with all 12 numbers (which include "Ja-Da," "Bill Bailey," "Shine" and "Bourbon Street Parade") being warhorses. Reed plays well, and the concise renditions, although without any real surprises, do have their fiery moments. The album's cover drawing, with its racial stereotype, is quite unfortunate, though.