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The Best of Pete Fountain [GRP]

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A nice set

    This mixture of studio and live performances, New Orleans jazz and big band dance numbers, includes several predictable tracks (Saints, St. Louis Blues) but also some less-expected ones such as an interesting medley of Fascination, Basin Street and Tin Roof blues, and Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, plus a brave choice: Stranger on the Shore, which was such a huge hit for another clarinetist. The arrangment differs dramatically from Acker Bilk's, however, by being mostly up-tempo. An especially appealing number is the arrangement of You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You. The sound quality is good, without the significant variations in volume all too common on anthology CDs. My one criticism is the virtual absence of liner notes. There's some impressive percussion on some of the numbers, and I would like to know who it is. Also, several cuts are credited simply to "Pete Fountain and Orchestra." So what orchestra, already? All in all, a nice introduction to Fountain's work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    Best album he ever made...bar none !

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