Randy Sandke meets up with other mostly young New York-based classic jazz musicians on this delightful CD (clarinetist Ken Peplowski, trombonist Dan Barrett, pianist Ray Kennedy, drummer Dave Ratacjzak, either Linc Milliman on tuba or bass saxophonist Scott Robinson, plus veteran guitarist Marty Grosz). Together they revive 15 songs from the 1920s, some well-known but most quite obscure. Rather than merely recreating past records, Sandke contributed fresh arrangements for the septet, and the results are quite lively and creative within the boundaries of 1920s jazz. Among the highlights are "Stampede," "Palesteena," Bix Beiderbecke's "Candlelights," "Irish Black Bottom" and "Grandpa's Spells."
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow