Rufus Temple Orchestra – New Orleans Joys

For their 2nd record, the Rufus Temple Orchestra has been polishing its sound to deliver a striking homage to Jelly Roll Morton. And as Joe Bebco from the Syncopated Times puts it: They didn’t just pick Morton out of a hat. They show an intimate appreciation of the material. “The Crave” has just the right Spanish tinge. “Shreveport Stomp” has that irresistible bounce, “Sweet Substitute” is played with more of a New Orleans lag than the current New Orleans bands give it.  Anyone concerned whether traditional jazz is in good hands needs to give this album a listen.

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