By Chip Deffaa
May 12, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Ragtime Band Sessions

B+
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  • Music

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+

The Ragtime Band Sessions

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