The New Orleans Serenaders are a part-time New Orleans jazz band featuring six veterans who have played with each other through the decades in many different settings. Since they have had success at festivals performing a lineup of Louis Armstrong tunes and, on another occasion, songs associated with Kid Ory, they decided to combine the best of both repertoires for their debut recording as a group. Because trombonist Freddie John can sound like a dead ringer for Ory and Clive Wilson has a lighter tone than Armstrong (sometimes sounding a bit like Alvin Alcorn), the Serenaders are at times reminiscent of the Ory band of the mid-'50s. Wilson sounds particularly lyrical on "Falling in Love With You" and "I Love You, Samantha" (which also contain two of his three vocals) and does a fine job of duplicating Armstrong's famous trumpet solo on "Potato Head Blues." Clarinetist Tommy Sancton is an asset both in ensembles and solos and pianist Butch Thompson leads the excellent rhythm section. Fans of both 1920s jazz and trad revivals will enjoy this strong set of infectious music.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow