Brian Carrick blows his tenor axe with Gold's drive, exuberance and power. The Algiers Stompers are an exciting trad band that never takes things too seriously and provides us with 17 delightfully happy tracks. Thankfully, there are no tired "Dixie" standards on the album. In fact, there are few songs that would be termed jazz compositions. Most of the tunes are gathered from tin-pan alley with the exception of Riverside Blues and East Coast Trot. The group even has a crack at the latin favorite, "Mama Inez" and Eddie Fisher's hit from the 1950's, "Anytime."
No matter what they play, this band is HOT. Derek Winters' wild trumpet and Chas Hudson's gutsy trombone never cease to please. The rhythm section is of the highest quality and I was truly impressed by pianist Mike Lunn and drummer Guy Fenton. Fenton's well chosen accents are placed with precision and taste. If I had to say anything nasty about this album, it would refer to the single vocal by the leader. Ooh! That's bad.