Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Dixieland From New Orleans: The Basin Street Six - Circle Sound Records

Dixieland From New Orleans
The Basin Street Six


1950 Circle Sound Records L-403 (10" LP)

Side A:
1. South Rampart Street Parade
2. High Society
3. Margie
4. That's a Plenty

Side B:
1. Jazz Me Blues
2. Lazy River
3. I Am Going Home
4. Farewell Blues

Liner Notes:

As played in the capitol city of jazz by the Basin Street Six

Personnel:
George Girard (trumpet)
Pete Fountain (clarinet, #4 tenor sax)
Joe Rotis (trombone)
Roy Zimmerman (piano)
Bunny Franks (string bass)
Charlie Duke (drums)

Recorded in New Orleans 1950

Dixieland From New Orleans? Naturally. That's where it began back at a time when today's old men were kids in short pants. That's where it first flowed out over the country just before World War I. And that's where most of the best Dixie-land is still coming from. This present record will prove it.

This present record, too, combines the Dixieland of that earlier time with that of the present. It does this through the blend of its personnel. Youths blow the horns of the front line; wise, experienced veterans, with that authentic, old-time beat in their veins, man the rhythm instruments. The Basin Street Six, as the musicians' magazine Down Beat points out, is "strictly a New Orleans born and bred outfit."

Heading the front line is a phenomenal twenty-year old trumpeter and vocalist, George Girard. He leads with his horn, as a Dixieland trumpet must do. With faultless musicianship, Girard's driving style reminds old-timers of the late Paul Mares' commanding horn, while his flow of fresh ideas stamps his playing with a trademark that reads, "Girard, 1950."

Backing George is another youthful phenomenon, the nineteen-year-old clarinetist, Pete Fountain, protege of that unique styled New Orleans "black stick" man, the late Irving Fazola. Pete doubles on a tenor sax, too, that is competently grounded on the style of that New Orleans paragon, Eddie Miller. Fountain's technique and assurance match Girard's and his personal musical ideas pay homage to sound tradition while adding a great deal that is new and his own. George Hoefer, Chicago jazz critic, calls Girard and Fountain "two promising young musicians destined to take their place alongside the New Orleans greats."

Trombonist Joe Rotis completes the horn section with plenty of that timeless parade style known as tailgate. Look for the measure of his taste in the meaningful sparseness of his notes, in the angular, decisive flow of his countermelodic line. Joe knows that the masculine trombone should not talk too much, should make every word count.

Back of all this put a dream rhythm section of men from the town where rhythm was born and who were there when the blessed event was taking place. Bunny Frank's bass is pungent punctuation personified; Roy Zimmerman's piano is that good old, timeless, irreplaceable ragtime; and there are more good-humor, punch and real honest-to-goodness zest in Charlie Duke's drumming than you can find in the whole present hide-beating generation put together.

So it's no wonder that the Basin Street Six and their new-old Dixieland are riding high on the wave of the new Dixieland boom; that they have already conquered Chicago and that their New Orleans following is virtually synonymous with that city's 1950 census figures; that they are already a top national radio attraction; and that they have just started "going places."

Class will tell. Class brought Dixieland back with a bang to a public weary of music without melody, music without honest, unashamed feeling. Dixieland is coming back home into the heart of the people. And class puts the Basin Street boys at the head of that syncopated, homeward wending parade.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Santo And His New Orleans Rhythm Kings - Southland Records

Santo And His New Orleans Rhythm Kings



1954 Southland Records S-LP 213 Stereo / LP-213 Mono

Side One:
1. Saints Come Marching In
2. Fidgety Feet
3. Bucket Has A Hole In It
4. Some Day You Be Sorry

Side Two:
1. Bourbon Street Parade
2. Bill Bailey Come Home
3. Rose Room
4. Breeze


Liner Notes:

Personnel:
Santo Pecora - Trombone
Lester Bouchon - Bass Sax - Clarinet
Harry Shields - Clarinet
Thomas Jefferson - Trumpet
Roy Zimmerman - Piano
Johnny Edwards - Drums
Phil Darois - String Bass
Jo Linn - Vocal

If ever an LP needed no notes, this is it - because it's the kind of great New Orleans jazz that needs no explaining. But a few words appear to be in order to explain why a musician of the stature of Santo doesn't, for example, ever win the Downbeat award. It doesn't take a critical expert to separate the rich, full trombone tone in these sides from the swamp of hurried mosquito buzzings currently endorsed by the more widely circulated music publications. Great actors don't win the Photoplay award, either. The fact is, that Santo Pecora plays JAZZ, not the sick little rhapsodies the modern reviewer gives 5 stars today and can't remember the name of tomorrow, but living, beating jazz.

The sound of Santo as he recorded in 1925 with Paul Mares and the New Orleans Rhythm Kings had its impact on the music world - but right here in this jacket is the full flowering of Mr. Tailgate. This is the sound of Jazz, to get your feet 'a marching and charge up your batteries. You'll not hear the self-pitying whinnies critics excuse by calling them "modern", "experimental", "progressive". This is the clear, forthright musical statement of one of the titans of jazz, recorded with intelligence and under-standing by Joe Mares, and played by superior JAZZ musicians.

The superb pair of clarinets offer enough contrast to demonstrate the enormous range of interpretation possible within the idiom of real jazz. Harry Shields on side 1, (note the impeccable ensemble work on "Fidgety Feet" and the solo on "Saints") more than lives up to the superlatives heaped on his horn by European jazz papers. Lester Bouchon on side 2 plays with a thoroughly satisfying "indoor" sound. But it's the same Lester, recording his bass sax for the first time on records, that gives you some-thing new and modern and still makes musical sense. His treatment of "Bucket's Got a Hole In It" is unique in recorded Jazz. And his bass sax solos on Saints and Fidgety Feet are masterpieces. The same "Bucket" is a showcase displaying the clean cut talent of young Thomas Jefferson who brings back to New Orleans jazz its singing voice for this one. It's a fresh voice, reminiscent of the Armstrong of the late twenties. Jefferson's street-parade trained trumpet is muted for a fine solo, here.

It's comforting to hear a rhythm section that knows what it is. Drummer Johnny Edwards maintains a beat! He tosses no petulant bombs in the middle of a jazzman's solo and sets up no distracting clatter of cymbals to bestir morons to shrill screams of "Go! Go! Go!"

Phil Darois is a true jazz brass man who plays his instrument with studio perfection, but does not become mechanical. Roy Zimmerman, of course, is one of the. leading lights of the New Orleans jazz scene, bringing a feeling of flashing excitement to each solo and blending back to ensemble-stimulating chords when called for.

It's not easy for a young lady to sing with a real New Orleans jazz band. Especially, a young lady who's only been in this country a few years. But young Jo Linn, of the British Isles, in her four vocals on this LP, blends naturally with this great band. That's because she. hasn't merely been added to the record to satisfy some assumed need for vocals - but because she just happens to he Santo's regular band vocalist who works on the job nightly and has a big following among the cash customers.

Santo comes up with a jazz bonanza. Because it's jazz, it is played with the required instruments. It seems not to need a bank of fiddles, other stringed contraptions that are useless where there's no 110 Volt AC outlet available. The trumpet is not bent amidships to point its bell skyward.

The results of this recording session is jazz which is thoroughly in the grand old New Orleans tradition. There's a remarkable amount of fine dixieland jazz on this long-playing record - and it's all New Orleans.

- AL ROSE

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Louisiana .... A Dream State - VRP Records

Louisiana .... A Dream State



1983 VRP Records VRP-LP-1676


Tourism album from the Louisiana Office of Tourism. Message from the Governor of the State of Louisiana, David C. Treen, (Republican 1980 - 1984): "I sincerely hope you enjoy this small sample of Louisiana music and accept my personal invitation to visit our dream state, where music is a way of life."

SIDE A
1. Comin' Around the Mountain/Cotton Eyed Joe (The Hayriders)
The Louisiana Hayride plays host to a celebration in Shreveport every Saturday night. It has served as 'Cradle of the Stars' to the likes of Elvis Presley and Hank Williams, as well as Roscoe Horton, whose arrangement and stellar piano playing highlight this selection.
(Recorded live in Shreveport 7/24/81 by David Kent)

2. Indian on a Stomp (The Balfa Brothers)
Firmly ensconced in the 175 year old tradition of Cajun music in southwest Louisiana, the Balfas are definitive of the genre. This rousing rendition is a derivative of their origins on Bayou Grand Louis in Evangeline Parish.
(Swallow Records LP6009)

3. You Are My Sunshine (Governor Jimmie Davis)
This former two-term governor garnered his fame both through politics and the music industry. A popular figure in gospel and country music for decades, Jimmie Davis will always be remembered for this Louisiana standard which he composed.
(Canaan Records, CAS98666)

4. Nonc Heclaire (Clifton Chenier)
Clifton Chenier is the undisputed king of zydeco, an accordion-based music made popular by French speaking blacks. He and his "Red Hot Louisiana Band" from Opelousas, Louisiana have two-stepped several times around the globe, picking up grammy nominations along the way.
(Masion de Soul Records, LP1003)

5. Boil Them Cabbage Down (The North Louisiana String Band)
These exemplary fiddlers, stars of the Natchitoches Folk Festival, exhibit Bluegrass at its best. This hearty recording comes to us from Troy 's Old Barn in Boyce, Louisiana.
(Louisiana Folklife Center Recordings #37882)

6. Crying In Your Sleep (Candee Greene)
This twenty-year old "Singing Sweetheart" from Ruston, Louisiana recorded this irresistible country piece in a small home studio, yet the production is as brilliant as Candee's performance.
(LOM-BAR Records, VRRNP-588)

7. Louisiana: A Dream State (A. J. Loria)
This recording marks the debut of the new Louisiana state theme song by a popular young native artist, who has won much acclaim for his musical tributes to New Orleans and its Mardi Gras.
(Produced by Tore Wallin and A. J. Loria at Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans)

SIDE B
1. Java (Al Hirt)
Little or no introduction is necessary for the world famous trumpeter who made Allen Toussant's melody an international favorite. New Orleans is home for this giant of jazz, as he performs regularly in the Bourbon Street club that bears his name.
(RCA Records, LSP3309, 1965)

2. Recitation from 'Tishomingo Blues' (Danny Barker)
Danny Barker's legendary banjo and guitar picking is still going strong in New Orleans clubs. His unique style is reminiscent of Storyville, the old red light district of New Orleans.
(Bethlehem Records, BCP6047, 1959)

3. Paul Barbarin's Second Line (Onward Brass Band)
The old jazz funeral has always included an element of celebration, as does any kind of parade or procession in New Orleans. The Onward Brass Band is a traditional marching unit with its roots in this kind of processional music. The listener should note its unique syncopation, known as the "second line" beat.
(Viko Records, VIKO 2001 1)

4. Trick Bag (Luther Kent)
This composition by rhythm and blues great Earl King is here performed by the big blues voice from Baton Rouge. Luther's all-star band includes such noted musicians as Ron "Tubby" Ziegler, Harold Cowart, and the Brecker Brothers.
(Record Company of the South, RCA A1002)

5. Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Betty Ann Lastie)
The Lastie family, including brother David and late greats Melvin and Walter, is a musical heritage unto itself. Here Betty Ann brings it home - straight from the heart of the Crescent City.
(Shalom Records, SHALOM2734)

6. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans (Pete Fountain)
From Lawrence Welk to the Johnny Carson show this renowned clarinetist has won hearts all over the world with his spellbinding performances. Pete knows what it means to miss New Orleans, so he stays here as much as possible - playing in his world famous night club.
(Coral Records CRL 757507)

7. New Orleans - Yes, I Love Her (Ronnie Kole)
This artist/producer has toured the world from Carnegie Hall to Cathay He's appeared on every major TV show selling the city and state he loves with his spectacular performances.
(Record at Thee Studio, Slidell, arrangement by Wardell Quezergue)

- Produced by A. J. Loria and Coleman-Robertson, Inc. for the Louisiana Office of Tourism.
- Executive Producer: Ronnie Kole
- Recorded at Thee Studio, Slidell, LA
- Engineer Robert Kearney
- Coleman-Robertson, Inc. Louisiana Office of Tourism
- The Office of Tourism wishes to thank the artists, producers, and songwriters for their contributions in making this album a priceless gift.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Basin Street Six - EmArcy Records

Basin Street Six


1955 EmArcy Records MG-26012 (10 inch LP)
Reissue of 1951 Mercury MG 25111

Side A:
1. Farewell Blues
2. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
3. Muskrat Ramble
4. Margie

Side B:
1. Basin Street Stomp
2. Lazy River (liner notes have Last Night On The Back Porch listed instead of Lazy River)
3. Tin Roof Blues
4. That's A Plenty

Liner Notes:

George Girard (trumpet,vocals)
Joe Rotis (trombone)
Pete Fountain (clarinet)
Roy Zimmerman (piano)
Bunny Franks (bass)
Charlie Duke (drums)

Recorded in New Orleans, September 19, 1951. EmArcy Records is a division of Mercury Records.

Here is a Dixieland Jazz concert direct from the cradle of jazz. It is in the style Wingy Manone calls "the New Orleans drop". The traditional front line consists of 21-year-old George Girard, trumpet; 20 year old Pete Fountain, clarinet; and 30-year-old Joe Rotis, trombone. This trio is dynamite on individual solos as well as on driving ensembles. Backing them up, we have a typical Crescent City rhythm unit, consisting of Roy Zimmerman's incisive piano that knocks off a fine ragtime solo at times, Charlie Duke's drumming, and Bunny Frank's firm string bass. This sextet from famed Basin Street is more than a mere carrying-on of a tradition during the current Dixieland revival. They are a reincarnation of one of the first great jazz bands in American music.

Thirty years ago a jazz band made up of young New Orleans musicians opened at Mike Fritzel's Friar's Inn in Chicago. They were known as the New Orleans Rhythm Kings and destined to considerably influence American dance music. Their creativeness and lack of musical inhibitions made the Friar's a music classroom for Chicago musicians. Many lessons were taken by the jazz immortal Bix Beiderbecke and his pal Hoagy Carmichael. Benny Goodman in his short pants assiduously studied the Rhythm King recordings made for the old Gennett record company. These same discs. are today valuable collector's items demanding high premium prices.

History has repeated itself, for the new generation group, THE BASIN STREET SIX, have also come up the Mississippi and captured the hearts of Chicago crowds at both Jazz, Ltd., and the Blue Note. Their hearty ensembles and striking soloists are reminiscent of the atmosphere that used to prevail when Al Jolson, Isham Jones, Al Capone, and a little chorus girl named Joan Crawford used to bounce as they. listened to the New Orleans Rhythm Kings.

The personnel of both bands is predominantly made up of fun-loving youngsters full of the "hokum" traditional among New Orleans musicians. While the Rhythm Kings used to put mustard plaster on each others seats on the stand, the Basin Street Boys have channeled their excess energy into comedy acts that have proven highly entertaining to their audiences. This buoyant spirit comes through on these lively sides. The excellent solo work by Girard and Fountain is similar and reminds jazz students of their Rhythm King counterparts Paul Mares, trumpet, .and Leon Rappolo, clarinet, both now passed away. Trombonist Joe Rotis not only looks like George Brunis of the earlier band but plays like him in New Orleans tailgate style.

Similarities between the two bands continue in the tunes played. Three of the most famous N.O.R.K. recordings were of the tunes Tin Roof Blues, That's A Plenty, and Farewell Blues. Here The Basin Streeters give these a going over in modern Dixie style. Pete Fountain does the fine clarinet work on Tin Roof and rivals the classic Rappolo's clarinet made of the number. Girard drives through on That's A Plenty in a like manner to the way Paul Mares did thirty years ago. Farewell Blues, now a standard number, was written by the boys in the early Rhythm King band. The Basin Street group play this tune beautifully and also do one of their own originals, Basin Street Stomp, a side that has tremendous power.

Completing the Dixieland Jazz concert herein packaged are a rousing version of Muskrat Ramble, a tantalizing Margie featuring George Girard's vocal, and a sprightly novelty run-down of the old tune Last Night On The Back Porch, with choir vocal, and finally a beautiful trumpet interpretation of Louis Armstrong's old theme song, When It's Sleepy Time Down South.

We feel this Dixieland session will go down in American music annals alongside the old N.O.R.K. Gennetts as living proof of the undying musical worthiness of pure New Orleans jazz.

GEORGE HOEFER

Friday, November 23, 2007

Al Hirt's Jazz Band Ball - Verve Records

Al Hirt's Jazz Band Ball
featuring Pete Fountain



1957 Verve Records V-1012 Mono

Side 1:
1. Washington And Lee Swing
2. I'm Goin' Home
3. Jazz Me Blues
4. Night and Day
5. South Rampart Street Parade
6. Sugar (That Sugar Baby O' Mine)

Side 2:
1. Tin Roof Blues
2. Royal Garden Blues
3. Panama
4. Blue (And Broken-Hearted)
5. The Original Dixieland One Step
6. Wolverine Blues


Liner Notes:

Al Hirt's Jazz Band Ball: Swinging Dixie from Dan's Pier 600 - New Orleans

Personnel:
Al Hirt trumpet
Bob Havens trombone
Roy Zimmerman piano
Pete Fountain clarinet
Bob Coquille bass
Paul Edwards drums

Photos by de Sylva-Dyer
Cover Artist, David Stone Martin
Art Director, Sheldon Marks


This LP was reissued in 1961 on Verve MGV 1028 by Al Hirt entitled "Blockbustin' Dixie!, then release 1965 on Metro (MGM) Records MS-517 Stereo / M-517 Mono again by Al Hirt entitled "Al Hirt"

If you're "up to here; satiated, weary of the dreary, same old tired phrases and "traditional solos" so prevalent in much of the Dixieland music one is accustomed to hearing - then this album is for you. Dan's Pier 600 is the furthermost club featuring dixieland music that one reaches when strolling from Canal Street along Bourbon Street, deep into the French Quarter of New Orleans. And as in the case of the builder of the better mouse-trap, whose wares were to he found deep in the woods, an ever-increasing host of fans of AI Hirt and his Band are beating a path to the door of Pier 600 - at 600 Bourbon Street.

First of all, this band swings - and swings hard, when the tempo and mood call for it; but at the same time there is a refreshing change in dynamics from time to time that reflects imagination and well- rehearsed head arrangements for ensemble passages that set it apart as not just another Dixieland band. Their "blues" renditions seem to tell a new story, too, as they should, of course - no two people having exactly the same backgrounds, loves, trials and tribulations; and what are the blues but a musical expression of one's thoughts on those subjects? Listen to Pete Fountain's infinitely beautiful solo on "Tin Roof Blues"; the next night it would be a little different, for one is a day older, new thoughts have shaded the
feelings to be expressed.

Al Hirt, leader and trumpet, has been well dubbed "The Gabriel of the South:' His technique and stamina are showcased on "Night and Day;" and the big man's sense of humor crops up frequently in half-valve emissions, trumpet and drum "chases" (as in "South Rampart Street Parade") and in some of the startling key changes, ensemble-wise, which are the result of his arranging.

Trombonist Bob Havens hails from Quincy, Illinois - and left Ralph Flanagan's dance band in the spring of 1956 when the urge to play Dixieland became too strong to resist. His fine, big tone is in evidence throughout the album; but it is given the lion's share of the solo work on "Blue (and broken-hearted):' The only other member of the band who is not a native New Orleanian is drummer Paul Edwards, who comes from Ohio. Bob and Paul both played in the band of the late George Girard until the latter's ill-health forced him to disband. Edwards' rock-steady beat and uncanny intuition regarding the whims of the other members of the aggregation help to make him a valuable member of the rhythm section. The same goes for bassist Bob Coquille who listens, augments, and provides good tone with his beat... (usually in 4/4, by the way - another refreshing innovation in contrast with some dixieland bands.) Coquille was also a member of the Girard band before joining Al Hirt.

Roy Zimmerman at the piano gives evidence of his healthy respect for such jazz greats as Jess Stacy and the late Bob Zurke. His St. Bernard like appearance and complete relaxation off the stand be-lie his concentration when at the piano driving, backing, plugging any holes that need filling.

One last word about Pete Fountain, whose tone on tenor sax on "Washington & Lee Swing" shows a becoming influence by a former New Orleanian, Eddie Miller. It was a stroke of luck that the wonderful rapport existing between these six men was finally recorded for the first time (other than on. their weekly broadcasts taped for CBS Radio and New Orleans affiliate WWL) - for less than a week after these sides were cut Pete left the group to accept a key chair with Lawrence Welk, who planned to build a Dixieland contingent around Pete as a special feature with his regular orchestra. Well, Irving Fazola eventually found the lure of his native New Orleans too strong to resist - and perhaps, like "Faz", Pete will return in time to "Pier 600", where tycoons, conventioneers, airline personnel, show-people and (the highest compliment) musicians from all types of bands, return again and again to hear a real "Jazz Band BALL!"

DICK MARTIN

I've Got You Under My Skin (EP) - Coral Records

I've Got You Under My Skin


Jukebox inserts


1966 Coral Records CRL 798149 Stereo
7" 33 1/3 RPM Jukebox EP
All tracks form the Coral Album CRL 757488


Side A:
1. I've Got You Under My Skin
2. Born Free
3. Mame

Side B:
1. The Old French Quarter
2. Hanky Panky
3. My Blue Heaven


Liner Notes:

I've Got You Under My Skin
Clarinet Solos With Orchestra
Directed By CHARLES "Bud" Dant
Pete Fountain plays a Leblanc clarinet exclusively

Personnel:
Pete Fountain (clarinet)
Stan Wrightsman (piano)
Godfrey Hirsch (vibes)
Morty Corb (bass)
Jack Sperling (drums)

This record has the same cover slick as the LP, but in 7" format used in jukeboxes. The back cover is blank, the cover has the same Coral LP number as the LP, yet the actual record has the EP catalog number.

These songs are from the Coral Album CRL 757488, Pete Fountain returns to the kind of free-swinging small group which made one of his most successful records ever - "Pete Fountain's New Orleans". The accompanists who provide him with such a lively springboard are the formidable, highly professional and eminently sympathetic trio of Stan Wrightsman (piano), Morty Corb (bass) and Jack Sperling (drums). Pete's regular vibist, Godfrey Hirsch, lends a helping hand - and mallets - from time to time. The program includes a number of recent successes, and in some instances they are set to an appropriately contemporary beat.

Most of the recordings were made during Pete's second very successful engagement in Las Vegas, where he played at The Tropicana and used Jack Sperling as an added attraction for solos and specialities. (the other were Nashville recordings) The Vegas days seldom being so fully occupied as the nights, it occurred to producer Bud Dant that this was an ideal opportunity to record Pete under conditions which were simultaneously relaxed and stimulating.

I've Got You Under My Skin, the opener, is a great song at any time, but this version was partially inspired by the success and beat of the hit record by The Four Seasons. A Nashville recording, this brings the chorus to the foreground with words and melody in the second chorus.

Mame, is another hit by Jerry Herman, the composer of "Hello, Dolly!" The lyrics are concerned with New Orleans and the tune seems to suit Pete even better than "Dolly".

Born Free, the pretty theme of the movie of that name, is prettily played with a contemporary beat and pleasing use of Godfrey Hirsch's vibes.

The Old French Quarter which opens the second side, was also made in Nashville. It is a blues-oriented number which seeks to recapture the party atmosphere of "Pete's Place", the clarinetist's popular club in New Orleans. The performance is graphically realistic at times, even down to the sound of people talking when they ought to be listening!

Hanky Panky returns us to Vegas. Like so many other rock hits, this is the blues, and the blues are Pete's meat, as he rapidly makes clear.

My Blue Heaven, immediately proves this to have been a good idea, for it is surely one of the most happily realized performances in the clarinetist's extensive recorded career. Walter Donaldson's beautiful song was due for a revival, and this seems to be the interpretation likely to bring it about. The group answers Pete's theme statements before he goes into a swinging full chorus; the piano has the spotlight for sixteen bars; bass and drums duet for the rest of the chorus; the ensemble returns and they take it out in the manner established at the beginning. It is simple in outline, but extremely effective the way they play it.

Except for the Nashville recordings, which were planned and arranged by Bud Dant, all of these performances were made from "head" or oral arrangements, to which each of the men contributed what he did best. It is in this kind of context and with this kind of freedom that Pete Fountain's imagination flourishes. The result is music that will get under your skin.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Jack Delaney And His New Orleans Jazz Babies - Tempo Records

Jack Delaney And His New Orleans Jazz Babies
featuring Pete Fountain




1959 Tempo Records EXA-100 7" EP (UK Import)

Side One:
1. Shine
2. Sidewalks Of New York

Side Two:
1. Hindustant
2. Till We Meet Again

Liner Notes:

Jack Delaney And His New Orleans Jazz Babies

Personnel:
Alvin Alcorn (Trumpet)
Jack Delaney (Trombone,Vocal)
Pete Fountain (Clarinet)
Roy Zimmerman (Piano)
Chink Martin (Bass)
Joe Capraro (Guitar)
Monk Hazel (Drums, Mellophone)

Recorded : New Orleans, September 13th, 1955

Jack Michael Delaney has been playing professionally now for at least ten years; and he has been playing in good company too. Born in New Orleans, on August 27th, 1930, he had a normally gay childhood with the usual schooling which was completed by studies at the Southeastern Louisiana College. Then, after he had finished college, he joined the Johnny Reininger aggregation with which he played, full-time, from 1949 to 1951 when he left for a better job. In fact, it was to play with Sharkey Bonano from whom he learned a great deal about Dixieland - New Orleans jazz. However, in 1953, he joined Tony Almerico with whom he spent one year before going back to play with Bonano once more. It was around this time that Jack also became a staff musician at Station WDSU — TV, in New Orleans, where he increased still further his knowledge and experience of jazz and jazzmen. Always wishing to emulate his favourite instrumentalist, Jack Teagarden, he played many good sessions, both on and off record, with groups featuring such musicians as George Girard, Raymond Burke, Tony Almerico, Sharkey Bonano and Johnny Reininger. He has also earned considerable praise for his backings to such singers as Lizzie Miles and Eileen Barton and, though he is not yet thirty he may well be considered one of the leading white New Orleans musicians.

Unfortunately, the South still maintains its colour bar and it is therefore not too easy for mixed bands to exist, even in New Orleans. As a result of this, the two predominant races tend to play separately and it does, on occasion, become necessary to say whether a man is white or coloured, when assessing his position in this music. So one is pleased to hear a negro, Alvin Alcorn, playing on this session; especially a New Orleans musician of Alcorn's status. Although some 6 years with Kid Ory, on the West Coast, did much to modify his style, there is still the sharp lead sound of the New Orleans trumpet player. It is more `virtuoso' in flavour - more like Louis Armstrong - than is generally required of pure New Orleans jazz, but it still flows strong from this 47-year-old horn man who is joined here by two more old-time New Orleanians. Monk Hazel, now 56, was working with Abbie Brunies in 1924/5 and, in fact, with Emmett Hardy in 1920, is an experienced jazzman who recorded with Tony Parenti as far back as 1925. And the other old-timer is Chink Martin who is renowned for flunking his AFM sight reading test in Chicago in the Twenties. Asked to play the music, which he had carefully learned by heart, at the test, Chink solemnly played through four bars of tacet, and swore blind that what he was playing was all written down. However, as he was always a good bass player he still found work and it is pleasant to hear him on this session.

All in all, this mixture of young and old works out pretty well so listen and enjoy yourselves.

Jack Baker © 1959 by Tempo Records, London.

Live At The Wolf Trap - Aug 1979

Pete Fountain & Al Hirt
Live At The Wolf_Trap - August 1979


1979 Hollywood Records (bootleg)

CD One Pete Fountain

1. Clarinet Marmalade
2. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
3. High Society
4. Closer Walk With Thee
5. Runnin' Wild
6. Summer Wind
7. Dialogue Intro
8. Honky Tonk
9. Wolverine Blues

CD Two Al Hirt

1.Begin the Beguine
2.Birth of the Blues
3.Tin Roof Blues
4.Short People
5.Send in the Clowns
6.South Rampart Street Parade
7.Trumpet Solos
8.Trumpet Solos 2
9. Poor Butterfly
10. Alley Cat
11. Java

Pete Fountain & Al Hirt
13. Basin Street Blues
14. When The Saints Come Marching

Liner Notes:

Recorded live August 1979. Two CDs, one Pete Fountain, the other Al Hirt. Pete and Al join together for the last two tracks. Great sound quality and Pete is excellent.

Personnel:
Pete Fountain clarinet
Jimmy Weber trumpet
Mike Genevay trombone
Tom Gekler trombone
Jim Duggan trombone
Oliver "Stick" Felix bass
Earl Vuiovich piano
Leroy Dallas guitar
Charlie Lodice drums
Al Hirt trumpet
Pee Wee Spitelera clarinet
Paul Ferrara drums
Joe Prejean trombone

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Phil Zito and his New Orleans International City Dixielanders - Dixieland Express - Columbia Records

PHIL ZITO and his New Orleans International City Dixielanders
DIXIELAND EXPRESS (Box Set)


1950 Columbia Records Set C-199
10" LP 33 1/3 - 4 Record Box Set

Record One:
Side A:
1. Bob Cats

Side B:
2. Shine

Record Two
Side A:
1. Bye and Bye

Side B:
2. Original Dixieland One Step

Record Three
Side A:
1. She'll Be Comin' 'Round The Mountain

Side B:
2. Zito's Zag

Record Four
Side A:
1. Clarinet Marmalade

Side B:
2. Tulane Swing

Liner Notes:

PHIL ZITO and his New Orleans International City Dixielanders

Recorded in New Orleans

Personnel:
Phil Zito drums
Emile Christian bass
Roy Zimmerman piano
Pete Fountain clarinet
Joe Rotis trombone
George Girard trumpet

The upswing in Dixieland music that began to gather momentum during the last months of 1949 is happily serving a dual purpose. Not only is it introducing this "happy-making" music to generations almost entirely unfamiliar with it and bringing hack fond acquaintance to older enthusiasts, it is bringing recognition to a number of small groups that served faithfully and unceasingly during the Dixieland drought. Many of these groups, playing in nightclubs and theaters around the country, suddenly found that they were not, after all, playing mostly for their own amusement. They found that somehow the lively two-beat of their music had been taken up by a public weary of modernism and wary of over experimentation.

These records introduce such a group: Phil Zito and his New Orleans International City Dixielanders. Long-time favorites of New Orleans citizens, Zito and his organization have been heard at almost every musical event in that fascinating city. They have played in nightclubs, at jazz concerts and battles, at dances, in theaters, in parks and at all sorts of celebrations. Zito's first group, organized in the late Thirties, built up a considerable reputation with local fans, but was disrupted by the war. When Zito returned from the Navy, he again began building up a small combination, emphasizing Dixieland music, and swiftly became one of the leaders of the jazz movement in New Orleans.

As currently constituted, the New Orleans International City Dixielanders consist of comparative old timers in the rhythm section, with representatives of the younger musical generation in other spots. Zito himself is at the drums, Emile Christian plays bass, Roy Zimmerman piano, Pete Fountain clarinet, Joe Rotis trombone and George Girard trumpet. This is a festive outfit in the good old-fashioned New Orleans tradition. They put in plenty of time playing the usual round of engagements, but it is not uncommon to find them whooping it up at the opening of a new factory or spreading their music through the streets of the city to signal the premiere of a new film. If this is not precisely the clientele of the old jazz bands, it is at least the closest equivalent that these less rowdy days permit, and it carries their music directly into the daily existence of the lucky residents.

Eight samples of that vigorous brand are contained in this collection, some of them standard jazz exercises, some of them originals. In them is the happy compromise between high-flying solo work and closely-knit ensemble playing that distinguishes the New Orleans International City Dixielanders. Although their title may be a trifle cumbersome, there is nothing unwieldy about their music. Recorded in New Orleans, it has the special flavor of that city's contribution to popular music, bright, inventive and splendidly uncomplicated.

News for October 2007

News


Oct. 10 2007 - Pete Fountain Back on His Feet
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

METAIRIE - Famed New Orleans Pete Fountain musician was back at home this weekend after spending seven days in East Jefferson General Hospital due to a mild stroke. Pete says he's feeling fine after suffering what's called a pin stroke. "I'm all back...all together...both legs, both arms. Now the brain will never be the same...'cause it was never the same before," jokes Fountain.

But like before, the 77-year-old Fountain will be back performing in Bay St. Louis soon. "Oh yeah, not this Tuesday, but the following Tuesday...Tuesday and Wednesday I'll be at the Hollywood Casino. You know, my talking is good...everything is fine, really."

The famed jazz clarinetist was upset that he couldn't attend and perform at the funeral for Sheriff Harry Lee, but had to be taken to the hospital. "I went to sit in my chair and then all of a sudden I couldn't talk," says Fountain.

But now, he's looking forward to performing again and looking forward to next year's Mardi Gras with his Half-Fast Walking Club. "I'll be there, that's for sure," says Pete. "I'll be on my wagon."
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Oct. 6 2007 - Pete Fountain Hospitalized
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

METAIRIE - Jazz Clarinetist Pete Fountain Has Been Admitted to a Suburban New Orleans Hospital for Tests.

Jazz clarinetist Pete Fountain has been admitted to a suburban New Orleans hospital for tests. His son-in-law, Benny Harrell, says Fountain was feeling ill Thursday and that Fountain's doctor admitted him to East Jefferson General Hospital for tests. Harrell declined to describe the nature of Fountain's illness but says he doesn't expect Fountain to be hospitalized long.

Fountain was who was scheduled to perform "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" at the funeral for Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee Friday. Harrell says the 77-year-old Fountain was upset he had to miss Lee's memorial. The two had been friends for decades.
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Click here to check out my visit to the Hollywood Casino on Oct 2, 2007 to see Pete perform. It was a really enjoyable show, got to met Pete, chat with him. He played very well, good to see him still "tootin".
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Getting near the end of my collection to post. The next batch will be my 10" 33 1/3 collection. I have the original Basin Street Six collections on Mercury, and a couple of Phil Zito's Dixieland Express 10" records on Columbia with Pete on them. I already posted the Tony Almerico 10" and 12" records I have, I have one more 10" to go. They have Pete playing with Tony Almerico and his Dixieland Jamboree All Stars at on Royal Street at the New Orleans' Parisian Room. All vintage early Pete.

I will also be posting some CDs/LPs that Pete appeared on, such as Christmas collections, Jazz LPs, etc.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Pete Fountain - A Closer Walk With Thee - Coral Records

A Closer Walk With Thee




1959 Coral 45 rpm 7" EP CRL ES 4288 Stereo / CRL EC 81188 Mono

Side A:
1. A Closer Walk
2. When The Saints Come Marching In March

Side B:
1. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
2. When It's Sleepy Time Down South

Liner Notes:

Personnel:
Clarinet Pete Fountain
Piano Stan Wrightsman
Bass Morty Corb
Drums Jack Sperling

These songs are from he LP PETE FOUNTAIN'S NEW ORLEANS Coral CRL 757282 Stereo / CRL 57282 Mono

Clarinet Solos with Rhythm Accompaniment

No matter how far upstream jazz may have come from New Orleans, there exists a nostalgia, in some cases a reverence, in most minds, for that early cradle of American music. And, as a general rule, New Orleans musicians help to perpetuate that nostalgia and reverence. They live on streets with wonderful names. They study in time-honored tradition. They begin their professional lives in a flamboyant manner. Then they work on other streets with even more wonderful names. And, at least since that first wave or two, which went to Chicago, they just never want to leave home.

With pianist Stan Wrightsman, bassist Morty Corb and drummer Jack Sperling, all of them free-wheeling swingers, Pete demonstrates what has been a long time developing in this guided tour through his musical life - that Pete Fountain is a wonderful clarinetist, a member of that old school of warm, personally communicative musicians whose playing denies a dateline. What can be heard here is an excellent musician, accompanied by other excellent musicians, playing songs that are as familiar as the seasons of the year, allowing talent and artistry to grace each with that pleasant freshness that each season brings.

But now I am getting carried away by words, and the temptation is strong to close with some play on his name, such a wonderful one for a jazz musician. I thought for the moment that such a working of his name into the album title would be especially fitting. But Pete Fountain's New Orleans is probably the best name that there could be for this collection. If You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans, you'll know how happy he is to be back. And this is the eminently satisfying music of a happy man.

- BILL COSS

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Recorded In New Orleans Vol. 1 - Good Time Jazz Records

Recorded In New Orleans Vol. 1
by Sharkey Bonano, Paul Barbarin, George Girard,
Bill Matthews and Their Jazz Bands



1957 Good Time Jazz Records L-12019 Mono

Side One:
Sharkey Bonano and His Kings of Dixieland:
1 Second Line
2 Look What You Missed
3 Panama

Paul Barbarin's New Orleans Band:
4 Too Late
5 We'll Meet Again
6 Dooky's Doing His Dance

Side Two:
Bill Matthews & His New Orleans Dixieland Band:
1 Bugle Call Rag
2 Walk Thru the Streets of the City
3 Maryland, My Maryland

George Girard and His New Orleans Five:
4 Doctor Jazz
5 Liebestraum
6 San


Liner Notes:

In 1956 the Good Time Jazz label travelled to New Orleans and recorded eight different regularly working bands for three songs apiece, releasing the results on two LPs. The musicianship is quite high throughout this series and there are many fine soloists in addition to spirited ensembles. Vol. 1 has music from trumpeter Sharkey Bonano's Kings of Dixieland (a sextet that includes a young Pete Fountain on clarinet) along with bands headed by drummer Paul Barbarin, trombonist Bill Matthews and the late great trumpeter George Girard.

This album is one of a series documenting the New Orleans style, produced for Good Time Jazz by the New Orleans Jazz Club, a non-profit organization, to which royalties on sales will be paid. The recordings were made in New Orleans under the supervision of Dr. Edmond Souchon, who combines a career as one of New Orleans' leading surgeons with a deep interest in New Orleans music. Lou Wachtel was the recording engineer. Cover: A Midnight Race on the Mississippi from the original 1860) Currier & Ives lithograph.


SHARKEY BONANO and His Kings of Dixieland

SECOND LINE
By Paul Barbarin

LOOK WHAT YOU MISSED*
By Roy Montgomery

PANAMA
By Will H. Tyers

SHARKEY BONANO, trumpet & vocal*
JACK DELANEY, trombone
PETER FOUNTAIN, clarinet
JEFF RIDDICK, piano
ARNOLD "DEACON" LOYOCANO, bass
PAUL FERRARA, drums
Recorded in New Orleans March 24, 1956

"If Tom wins the fight tonight, we'll call the little tike 'Sharkey'." The time was 1902, the place was Milneberg, Louisiana, a stone's throw from New Orleans. "Tom" was the famous boxer Tom Sharkey, and the speaker was the brother-in-law of the little man, with the big bowler (made to order by Cavanaugh) and the golden (18 karat) trumpet, we know as Sharkey Bonano. "I grew up to the tune of jazz," says Sharkey, "and ever since it's been my life."

Since the '20s his playing and singing have been part of the jazz scene in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as New Orleans. He has been a leader since 1925. After service in the Coast Guard during World War II, Sharkey made New Orleans headquarters once again.

With him in the front line Sharkey has two comparative youngsters, Pete Fountain and Jack Delaney, both born in New Orleans in 1930, and both representative of a new generation of New Orleans musicians carrying on the tradition.

The interaction of younger and older musicians is found in the rhythm section, too. Arnold "Deacon" Loyocano goes back to the early 1900's. In 1915, he played with Tom Brown's band, the first white group to take New Orleans music north to Chicago. Early in 1957 Sharkey & His Dixielanders were working at the Dream Room on Bourbon Street.


Paul Barbarin's New Orleans Band

TOO LATE
By Paul Barbarin

WE'LL MEET AGAIN*
By Paul Barbarin

DOOKY'S DOING HIS DANCE
By Paul Barbarin
Compositions © 1957 by Contemporary Music

PAUL BARBARIN, drums & vocal*
JOHN BRUNIOUS, trumpet
WORTHIA THOMAS, trombone
WILLIE HUMPHRIES, clarinet
LESTER SANTIAGO, piano
EDMOND SOUCHON, banjo & guitar
RICHARD ALEXIS, bass
Recorded in New Orleans April 21, 1956

Paul Barbarin, one of the best known New Orleans musicians, was born there May 5, 1901. He has been famous among jazz collectors for his many recordings in the '20s and '30s with King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Red Allen, J. C. Higginbotham, Luis Russell and Louis Armstrong. From 1918 when he went to Chicago with Oliver to 1939 when he left Russell to return to New Orleans, much of his time was spent in Chicago and New York. He makes an occasional trip North to play a special engagement, but New Orleans is once again "home."

The New Orleans Jazz Club's magazine The Second Line said (Sept. 1953) of him: "Altho master of all phases of the art of drumming, we are particularly impressed with two phases: his mastery of the press-roll, and the strictly N.O. 'parade beat. (It's hard to describe, you've simply got to hear it to get the feeling!)"

Barbarin has also composed a number of popular jazz works. Years ago he wrote Come Back Sweet Papa which Louis Armstrong recorded. More recently he wrote Bourbon Street Parade and in 1953 Second Line. (which Sharkey plays on this album.) For his own session, Barbarin recorded (for the first time) three new originals.

Like most present day New Orleans bands, Barbarin's is a mixture of older and younger musicians. John Brunious is his nephew. Worthia Thomas is a newcomer while Santiago and Alexis are veterans.


Bill Matthews and His New Orleans Dixieland Band

BUGLE CALL RAG
By John Pettis, Billy Meyers & Elmer Schoebel

WALK THRU THE STREETS OF THE CITY*
Traditional

MARYLAND, MY MARYLAND
Traditional

BILL MATTHEWS, trombone
ERNIE CAGNOLATTI, trumpet & vocal*
ALBERT BURBANK, clarinet
OCTAVE CROSBY, piano
RICHARD McLEAN, bass
GEORGE WILLIAMS, drums
Recorded in New Orleans April 28, 1956

Trombonist Bill Matthews, one of the New Orleans originals who has been playing jazz for over forty years, is still (1957) going strong.

He was originally a drummer; it was at Alphonse Picou's suggestion ("You can't lug those around with you.") that he switched at 19 to trombone. But before that, he had played for five years with some of the legendary early jazz figures including Frankie Dusen and A. J. Piron.

Both as drummer and trombonist, he played with the Onward Brass Band and the Excelsior Brass Band, leading funeral and parade bands of the day.

Except for a three year trip to the North in 1921 (with a vaudeville show, and briefly with Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong) and a job with Sidney Desvigne in 1925 on the riverboat Island Queen (between New Orleans and Cincinnati), Matthews has played in and around home.

"Music is my life," he says, and he's never had a job other than playing jazz except during the depression when he was forced to work in a bank. It was in the post-depression period that he joined the late Papa Celestin's band, and played with Celestin for a number of years.

In recent years he formed his own band, and has been working steadily at the Paddock Lounge on Bourbon Street.


George Girard & His New Orleans Five

DR. JAZZ*
By King Oliver & Walter Melrose

LIEBESTRAUM
By Franz Liszt

SAN
By Lindsay McPhail & Walter Michels

GEORGE GIRARD, trumpet & vocal*
BOB HAVENS, trombone
HARRY SHIELDS, clarinet
BOB DISCON, piano
BOB COQUILLE, bass
PAUL EDWARDS, drums
Recorded in New Orleans April 14, 1956

George Girard, one of the most popular figures in New Orleans jazz circles, died of cancer January 18, 1957 at the age of 26. He had undergone major surgery less than three months before this session. According to Dr. Souchon, "He made an all-out effort, probably because he knew it was his last session. He even bought a brand new trumpet for it."

Girard was born in New Orleans October 7, 1930 and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1946. He began his professional career the next year, touring the country with Johnny Archer's Orchestra. On his return to New Orleans he joined Phil Zito's Dixieland Band, and in 1950 helped organize the Basin Street Six, one of the best known traditional groups of the early '50s.

He formed his own band in 1954, and until his illness forced him to stop playing in mid-1956, held forth at the Famous Door on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.

Writing in the New Orleans Item the day of Girard's death, the New Orleans Jazz Club's Bob Morris (a regular contributor to The Second Line) said, "Girard's style on the trumpet was known for its clear, bell-like tone and keen penetrating drive.

Always modest, always eager to improve his playing, he was a devoted disciple of New Orleans' pioneer jazz musicians. Studying the older men's musical methods, he sought to perfect his own."

Santo Pecora And His Dixie Land Jazz Band - Clef Records

Santo Pecora And His Dixie Land Jazz Band
featuring Pete Fountain




1950 Clef Records EP-169 Monoual


Side A:
1. My Lou'siana
2. March Of The Mardi Gras

Side B:
1. Mahogany Hall Stomp
2. Listen


Liner Notes:

Santo Pecora And His Dixie Land Jazz Band

45 Rpm Extended Play
Supervised By Norman Granz

Personnel:
George Girard trumpet
Santo Pecora trombone
Pete Fountain clarinet
Armand Hug piano
John Sinac bass
Santo Pecora drums

New Orleans, LA, June, 1950

Though Dixieland music is not quite my dish of tea, I admit that I went with the mass a few years back when Dixieland enjoyed quite a revival. However, I did resist, I hope, at least, the substitutes, the comedians, the imitators and the fakers of the real product. I went down to New Orleans, and there the man that impressed me the most of the later day Dixieland musicians (for this you might substitute New Orleans) was Santo Pecora, who was playing trombone with Sharkey Bonano's band on Bourbon Street. I made and released several sides with Santo Pecora, all of them featuring his tremendous, driving trombone.

This album is a collation of previously released single sides by Santo Pecora.

- Norman Granz

Friday, November 2, 2007

Santo Pecora And His Dixie Land Jazz Band - Clef Records

Santo Pecora And His Dixie Land Jazz Band
featuring Pete Fountain



1950 Clef Records EP-117 Monoual

Side A
1. Canal Street Romp
2. Rose Of The Rio Grande

Side B
1. Twelfth Street Rag
2. Basin Street Blues

Liner Notes:

Santo Pecora And His Dixie Land Jazz Band

45 Rpm Extended Play
Supervised By Norman Granz

George Girard, trumpet
Santo Pecora, trombone
Pete Fountain, clarinet
Fred Laudeman, piano
Lou Massenter, bass
Eddie Grady, drums
Recorded in New Orleans, LA, 1950

Though Dixieland music is not quite my dish of tea, I admit that I went with the mass a few years back when Dixieland enjoyed quite a revival. However, I did resist, I hope, at least, the substitutes, the comedians, the imitators and the fakers of the real product. I went down to New Orleans, and there the man that impressed me the most of the later day Dixieland musicians (for this you might substitute New Orleans) was Santo Pecora, who was playing trombone with Sharkey Bonano's band on Bourbon Street. I made and released several sides with Santo Pecora, all of them featuring his tremendous, driving trombone.

This album is a collation of previously released single sides by Santo Pecora.

- Norman Granz

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Santo Pecora - Collates - Clef Records

Santo Pecora And His Dixie Land Jazz Band
"Collates"
featuring Pete Fountain




1950 MG C-123 Clef Records 10" LP (Mercury Jazz Series)

Side A:
1. Rose Of The Rio Grande
2. Basin Street Blues
3. 12th Street Rag
4. Canal Street Romp

George Girard trumpet
Santo Pecora trombone
Pete Fountain clarinet
Fred Laudeman piano
Lou Massenter bass
Eddie Grady drums
New Orleans, LA, 1950

Side B:
1. March Of The Mardi Gras
2. Mahogany Hall Stomp
3. Listen
4. My Lou'siana

Personnel
George Girard trumpet
Santo Pecora trombone
Pete Fountain clarinet
Armand Hug piano
John Sinac bass
Santo Pecora drums
New Orleans, LA, June, 1950

Cover Artist, David Stone Martin

Liner Notes:

Though Dixieland music is not quite my dish of tea, I admit that I went with the mass a few years back when Dixieland enjoyed quite a revival. However, I did resist, I hope, at least, the substitutes, the comedians, the imitators and the fakers of the real product. I went down to New Orleans, and there the man that impressed me the most of the later day Dixieland musicians (for this you might substitute New Orleans) was Santo Pecora, who was playing trombone with Sharkey Bonano's band on Bourbon Street. I made and released several sides with Santo Pecora, all of them featuring his tremendous, driving trombone.

This album is a collation of previously released single sides by Santo Pecora.

- NORMAN GRANZ