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Percy Humphrey w/ the Crescent City Joymakers: Climax Rag

Read "Climax Rag" reviewed by Derek Taylor

What’s not to love here? Six venerable patriarchs of classic New Orleans jazz reconvening for a rollicking trip down memory lane. As far as Hot Jazz goes it doesn’t get much more combustible than this. The roster reads like the roll call for a dream Dixieland band. The indefatigable Robinson, for years George Lewis’ right hand man and undisputed Goliath of the growling trombone. The knavish Burbank, blessed with a sweet sultry tone that could just as easily turn and ...

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Percy Humphrey with the Crescent City Joymakers: Climax Rag

Read "Climax Rag" reviewed by Jack Bowers

They didn’t call trumpeter Humphrey’s New Orleans–based sextet the “Joymakers” for nothing. These gentlemen clearly had a lot of fun making music together. This session, recorded in 1965, is awash in foot–tapping trad Jazz from one end to the other. As such, the emphasis throughout is on interplay among the various members of the ensemble rather than individual improvisation, although there is some of that too, especially from Humphrey, the eminent clarinetist Albert Burbank and trombonist Jim Robinson. Things don’t ...


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