The band again travelled to New Orleans to make the recordings in the Marigny Studios (formerly Luthjen's Dance Hall), which is becoming recognised as one of the best places for the recording of our music. (You will recall that The Shotgun Jazz Band has also been making recordings there.) It is very well equipped and has the perfect old-fashioned dance hall acoustics.
The band members for the recordings were: Kevin Louis, Connor Stewart, Jen Hodge, Sky Lambourne, Aaron Levinson and Jack Ray.
What you will find on this Album are very neat arrangements of the music and highly competent performances from all the musicians. I was particularly struck by the very relaxed nature of the playing - just the kind of style such musicians as Kid Rena, Alphonse Picou, Billie and De De Pierce, George Lewis, Emma Barrett, Sing Miller, Emanuel Sayles, Percy and Willie Humphrey, Lionel Ferbos and Narvin Kimball would have approved of. That's exactly how they believed New Orleans jazz should be played. You notice it even on such usually 'fast' numbers as 'Climax Rag'.
Other interesting features are vocals on 'Bogalusa Strut' and an original set of lyrics (sung by Kevin Louis) on 'Struttin' With Some Barbecue'.
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It was only a few months ago that I first noticed the arrival on the traditional jazz scene of this young band, which takes its name from the fact that it started out by busking in the streets, seated on purloined milk crates.