The Jungle Jazz Band have released their first EP, The Animule Dance. They took an opportunity to record that presented itself while they were playing for a circus varieté show in Holland last summer. I’m not sure if that has anything to do with the name they chose or the album’s title theme, but it makes you wonder. There is a certain circus brassiness to their lively playing, and I’m not someone who says that about all early jazz.

They are all gifted musicians and really jive together. Eldar Tsalikov, born in 1993(!), lifts Laurent Humeau, and Carlos Santana’s leads perfectly and carries his lines into memorable solos for a tight sound that keeps the mostly familiar titles they have chosen hot as ever.