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Pete Fountain's New Orleans
Genres: Jazz, Pop
The vastly popular clarinetist and New Orleans stalwart Pete Fountain recorded this album just after the end of his hugely popular two-year stint on Lawrence Welk's Sunday-evening television show. He quit to return to more... more »
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The vastly popular clarinetist and New Orleans stalwart Pete Fountain recorded this album just after the end of his hugely popular two-year stint on Lawrence Welk's Sunday-evening television show. He quit to return to more jazz-based playing. This 1959 quartet album, with Stan Wrightsman on piano, followed Welk's show, with The Blues just behind--and they were both nationwide hits. Long before, Fountain had soaked up the life of New Orleans, the steamy cradle of jazz. The tunes here are evergeens for the first days of jazz associated with New Orleans greats, particularly Louis Armstrong. With unmistakable tone, richness, and poise in his clarinet playing, Fountain enlivens tunes that in lesser hands would encourage hackneyed rehash, with piercing attack, swagger, and clever, fresh arrangements. --Peter Monaghan
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I. GRANT | Napier, NZ | 12/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a fan of Pete Fountain's for over 35 years. I enjoy the Dixieland Sound but feel in many recordings, the support instuments tend to clutter the listening effect. Pete Fountains New Orleans(1959) digitally reissued, is a real gem. Here we have a quartet with immense talent and feeling for jazz/blues. The balance between piano,bass,drums and clarinet in volume and timing is brilliant. Stereo separation is consistent and clean. Stan,Morty,Jack & Pete work brilliantly together to stamp their authority on 12 old standards. The change of tempo on many tracks adds a new dimension and interpretation("Ol' Man River" is a good example)
Tracks of note include: When It's Sleepy Time Down South,Ol' Man River,Sweethearts On Parade,Lazy River,Tin Roof Blues. My favourite is "Basin Street Blues"
This album is a must for any Pete Fountain Enthusiast."
Great performance by Pete Fountain
C. W. Thomas | Birmingham, AL USA | 10/30/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"One of the best New Orleans Dixieland albums I have ever heard. Especially good is the final song, "Tin Roof Blues". Pete Fountain is one of the best performers around of this genre and this album is a real gem."
Pete Fountain at his best!
S. Trigg | 07/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD has all of Pete Fountain's great hits and his back-up combo is
fabulous! If you want to be in New Orleans, just listen to this; you will
never tire of it.....just the greatest music and musicians."