On Easy Street

On Easy Street

by Fast Eddie Erickson


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On Easy Street

Fast Eddie Erickson has become a favorite over the years at the annual Triangle Jazz Party in Kingsport, TN, due to his vaudeville gags and appreciation for novelty songs. Although his recordings as a leader are infrequent, this 1992 release is one of his best efforts, concentrating on a lot of early standards that have fallen out of favor. Joined by cornetist Jackie Coon, the late Rick Fay on reeds, and the extraordinary yet underrated pianist Johnny Varro, Erickson's banjo playing and friendly vocal highlight "I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll," which also has brief solos by Coon and tuba player Lee Westendorfer. A masterful duet with Coon of "Lou-easy-an-i-a" also has a vocal by the leader (along with a second uncredited singer). He switches to guitar for the long-overlooked "Easy Street" and does a nice job with Willard Robison's long-forgotten "Pigeon-Toed Joad." This off-the-beaten-track release is worth acquiring.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2008
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941111125
catalogNumber: 19111

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fast Eddie Erickson   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar
Rick Fay   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jackie Coon   Cornet
Gene Estes   Drums
Johnny Varro   Piano
Lee Westenhofer   Tuba
Eddie Erickson   Banjo,Guitar

Technical Credits

Russ Morgan   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Richard Hadlock   Liner Notes
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Emery Deutsch   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
J.C. Jones   Composer
Mat Domber   Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Executive Producer
Bryan Lee Shaw   Engineer
Arthur Altman   Composer
Charles R. McCarron   Composer
Arthur Swanstrom   Composer
John Callaghan   Cover Photo
Bryan Shaw   Engineer
Alan Rankin Jones   Composer
Tyers   Composer
Morgan   Composer
McCarron   Composer
Arbors   Producer
Swanstone   Composer

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