Jim Robinson

The New Orleans Joymakers

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Trombonist Jim Robinson turned 82 during the month that this LP (not yet reissued on CD) was recorded, but he sounds pretty ageless throughout the date. Robinson is heard co-leading the sextet with Tony Fougerat, a talented if now-forgotten trumpeter. With clarinetist Orange Kellin sounding a bit like George Lewis and the pianoless rhythm section (banjoist Father Al Lewis, bassist James Prevost and drummer Louis Barbarin) chugging away, the frontline plays joyful versions of such standards as "St. Louis Blues," "Someday You'll Be Sorry," "You Tell Me Your Dreams" and "Original Dixieland One Step" in a relaxed yet spirited manner. The set is more subtle and musical than many of the revival New Orleans jazz dates of the period.