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Music Review: 'The "Ragtime Band" Sessions'

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The Ragtime Band Sessions

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Muggsy Spanier
Producers:
RCA Bluebird

We gave it a B+

Clipped, punchy, and vibrant, Spanier’s dark, King Oliver-influenced horn leads an eight-piece band through the 1939 sides that helped launch the New Orleans revival. This is good-time jazz, occasionally elevated (as on the classic ”Relaxin’ at the Touro”) to a kind of poetry. But the CD would have been more listenable if RCA hadn’t programmed the alternate takes back-to-back. B+

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