The Best of Dixieland
Mahogany Hall stomp
Tin roof Blues
Bye-Bye Bill Bailey
Struttin' with some Barbecue
South Rampart St. Parade
Put on Your Old grey Bonnet
The Second Line
Basin St. Blues
The Darktown Strutters' Ball
Marching Round the Mountain
Over the Waves
Walking through New Orleans
Sugar Bowl Parade
Washington and Lee Swing
Walking Through New Orleans
This CD represents the work of a number of Bands in which Pete Fountain has
been featured on the clarinet. As well as his own Mardi Gras Strutters, there
is also the Basin Street Six and Santo and his Dixieland Jazz Band represented
here. It does not make a great deal of difference however, as the bands sound
remarkably similar! The recordings were made between 1950 and 1963 and were
selected by Pete Fountain to represent his work over that period.
Pete is a fine dixieland clarinet player, who is not afraid to quote Benny
Goodman as a source of inspiration; that shows in his playing which always
swings and again in the rhythm sections he selects for his band. Pete hails
from New Orleans and is steeped in jazz tradition, he has an excellent clarinet
technique and a nice warm sound on the instrument.
The music selected is mostly from the classic dixieland library and the one
or two exceptions are made to sound like they belong anyway!
For lovers of Traditional Jazz, this album is a must and to someone like
myself with perhaps a slightly more modern jazz perspective, an album that
was fun to listen to, which sounded like the musicians were enjoying it too!