Climax Jazz Band

The Climax Jazz Band

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The Climax Jazz Band is a Canadian dixieland group that has recorded for a variety of small labels. This LP from 1977 gives one a good example of the fun group which at the time consisted of trumpeter Bob Erwig, trombonist Geoff Holmes, clarinetist Jim Buchmann (in his only recording with the band), banjoist Jack Vincken, bassist Chris Daniels and drummer Stephen Tattersall. The music includes some tunes from George Lewis' repertoire (although this band displays better musicianship), some obscurities and a few trad favorites.

There are four goodtime vocals (three by Daniels) but these are easy to take and minor in importance compared to the joyous ensembles. Highlights include "The Chant" "Georgia Bo Bo," "Thriller Rag," "Snake Rag" and the spirited "A Chicken Ain't Nothin' but a Bird."