Pete Fountain Presents the Best of Dixieland

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
There are relatively few of Pete Fountain's early-'60s Coral recordings available on CD, which is a pity because those rank with the finest work of the New Orleans clarinetist's career. This sampler in a series presented by Fountain has 20 selections in all. A dozen cuts comprise the complete reissue of the 1963 album South Rampart Street Parade, an unusual date in which Fountain, trumpeter Jackie Coon, trombonist Moe Schneider, tuba, banjo, and bass are joined by four drummers who each focus on specific parts of a drum set in order to sound like a New Orleans parade band. The results are naturally quite rhythmic and fun. In addition, Fountain is featured on seven earlier ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
There are relatively few of Pete Fountain's early-'60s Coral recordings available on CD, which is a pity because those rank with the finest work of the New Orleans clarinetist's career. This sampler in a series presented by Fountain has 20 selections in all. A dozen cuts comprise the complete reissue of the 1963 album South Rampart Street Parade, an unusual date in which Fountain, trumpeter Jackie Coon, trombonist Moe Schneider, tuba, banjo, and bass are joined by four drummers who each focus on specific parts of a drum set in order to sound like a New Orleans parade band. The results are naturally quite rhythmic and fun. In addition, Fountain is featured on seven earlier tracks, including three numbers with trumpeter George Girard and four in an octet with trumpeter Charlie Teagarden and tenor saxophonist Eddie Miller. The only weak number is the final selection, a 1968 version of "Walking Through New Orleans," in which Fountain is backed by insipid background singers, but that is the only minus to this rewarding set of high-quality Dixieland.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2001
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731454936521
  • Catalog Number: 549365
  • Sales rank: 11,267

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mahogany Hall Stomp - Santo & His Dixie-land Jazz Band (2:54)
  2. 2 Tin Roof Blues - Basin Street Six (3:10)
  3. 3 My Inspiration - Basin Street Six (2:52)
  4. 4 Bye-Bye, Bill Bailey (2:44)
  5. 5 High Society (2:27)
  6. 6 Struttin' With Some Barbecue (2:27)
  7. 7 Dixie Jubilee (2:31)
  8. 8 South Rampart Street Parade - Pete Fountain & His Mardi Gras Strutters (2:07)
  9. 9 Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet - Pete Fountain & His Mardi Gras Strutters (2:56)
  10. 10 The Second Line - Pete Fountain & His Mardi Gras Strutters (2:32)
  11. 11 Basin Street Blues - Pete Fountain & His Mardi Gras Strutters (3:04)
  12. 12 The Darktown Strutters' Ball - Pete Fountain & His Mardi Gras Strutters (2:26)
  13. 13 Marching 'Round the Mountain - Pete Fountain & His Mardi Gras Strutters (2:49)
  14. 14 Over the Waves - Pete Fountain & His Mardi Gras Strutters (2:38)
  15. 15 Careless Love - Pete Fountain & His Mardi Gras Strutters (2:55)
  16. 16 Walking Through New Orleans - Pete Fountain & His Mardi Gras Strutters (2:49)
  17. 17 Sugar Bowl Parade - Pete Fountain & His Mardi Gras Strutters (2:10)
  18. 18 Farewell Blues - Pete Fountain & His Mardi Gras Strutters (2:58)
  19. 19 Washington and Lee Swing - Pete Fountain & His Mardi Gras Strutters (1:49)
  20. 20 The Mardi Gras Walking Club (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Fountain Primary Artist, Clarinet
Paul Barbarin Percussion, Drums
Armand Hug Piano
Santo Pecora Trombone, Drums
Charlie Teagarden Trumpet
Basin Street Six Track Performer
George Girard Trumpet
Godfrey Hirsch Percussion, Drums
Jackie Coon Trumpet
Morty Corb Bass
Charles Bud Dant Conductor
Nick Fatool Percussion, Drums
Bobby Gibbons Banjo, Guitar
Lew McCreary Trombone
Eddie Miller Tenor Saxophone
Dick Noel Trombone
George Roberts Bass Trombone
Joe Rotis Trombone
Bill Schaeffer Trombone
Moe Schneider Trombone
Jack Sperling Percussion, Cymbals, Drums, Snare Drums
Phil Stephens Tuba
Stanley Wrightsman Piano
Roy Zimmerman Piano
John Propst Piano
Eddie Miller & His Orchestra Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Franks Bass
Technical Credits
Steve Allen Composer
Paul Barbarin Composer
Pete Fountain Composer, Liner Notes
Ben Pollack Composer
Don Bagley Arranger
Ray Bauduc Composer
Bob Haggart Composer
Matty Matlock Arranger
Heine Beau Arranger
W.C. Handy Composer
Godfrey Hirsch Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Shelton Brooks Composer
George Brunies Composer
Charles Bud Dant Arranger, Composer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Lil Hardin Composer
Peter Keepnews Notes Editing
Martha E. Koenig Composer
Paul Mares Composer
Leon Roppolo Composer
Don Raye Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Walter Melrose Composer
Porter Steele Composer
Percy Wenrich Composer
Traditional Composer
Stanley Murphy Composer
Thornton Allen Composer
Charles Robbins Composer
M.W. Sheafe Composer
Melville Stitzel Composer
Richard Drown Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Many sides of Pete Fountain

    Clarinetist Pete Fountain has recorded since approx. 1950, and this compilation covers 1950 to 1983, from small combos to small bands. Nothing, however, really reflects his years with Lawrence Welk. My favorites are the earliest cuts, which feature George Gerard and Charlie Teagarden playing great trumpet. Sound is reflective of transfers possibly from 78's, still, adequate. Louis Armstrong and his All Stars recorded my favorite "Tin Roof Blues" live while on a European tour, still, this performance by Fountain runs it a close second. The cuts with the Mardi Gras Strutters are fine, though without the "bite" of the combo cuts. The vocal group on the last cut is, to me, unecessary. All in all, an excellent Fountain retrospective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great music, very poor sound quality.

    Well, this CD has some great songs on it, unfortunately it sounds like they were recorded in a tunnel. Not only that, many sound grainy and scratchy. I understand, of course, that most of these songs are old recordings, but I've heard older that were restored better.

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